“The opportunity to earn an invitation to the Masters and stand at that first tee was my dream, and to have it come true in 1975 remains one of the greatest highlights of my career and life,” Elder said in a statement. “So to be invited back to the first tee one more time to join Jack and Gary for next year’s Masters means the world to me.”
With no spectators this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ridley said the club wanted to wait until next year for Elder to participate in the honorary starter ceremony, a one-time event, on April 8.
“We thought this would be a much more appropriate and a much greater celebration if we did this in April of next year, when we hope, and I emphasize the word hope, that we will have many patrons viewing us along with our viewers around the world,” Ridley said. “We thought it was the right thing for Lee to have that moment in time that we hope will last forever.”