The Latest: Nicklaus, Player trade tee shots and banter

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The Latest: Nicklaus, Player trade tee shots and banter
Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player acknowledge the crowd before hitting ceremonial tee shots on the first hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the Masters (all times local):

9:35 a.m.

Gary Player got the best of Jack Nicklaus off the tee. Nicklaus had the last word in the press room.

The 83rd Masters began with honorary tee shots, a tradition that dates to 1963 at Augusta National. Player, with a new endorsement deal at age 83, drilled his tee shot halfway up the hill on the left side of the fairway. Nicklaus, 79, was next and hit some 30 yards shorter.

They spent the next hour in the interview room. One of the topics was on amateur great and Augusta National co-founder Bobby Jones. Player, who won nine majors, said he felt a player needed to win at least six majors to be considered great.

Nicklaus spoke next on Jones. He said he agreed with everything Player had to say, except that someone needed 10 majors to be considered a great player.

The banter never ends.

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