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Afterward, Hijinks Will Surely Ensue When Each Of Them Vies For The Affection Of Ann Margaret

palmer-nicklaus-icons_299x383grumpy_old_men_Living legends Jack Nickalus and Arnold Palmer will share honorary starting duties at next year’s Masters. Palmer had the duties all to himself last year and was the first honorary starter since Sam Snead in 2002. Nickalus, a five-time Masters champion, last played in the event as a competitor in 2005.

“I have always had great respect for Arnold and his legacy at the Masters, and I did not, in any way, want to infringe on the opportunity for Arnold to have and enjoy this Masters tradition for himself,” Nicklaus said in a statement. “He is so deserving of this honor, and thus I felt it was his time, not mine.”

He added that because Palmer “enthusiastically supported the invitation, it became an easy decision for me.”

If some Hollywood big shot doesn’t come up with a script for a buddy movie for these two, I’m going to be sorely disappointed. Here’s an idea to get them started: two older men travel across the country and compete in arm wrestling tournaments in a desperate attempt to win back the affections of their estranged grandchildren.

Now that’s the kind of idea you don’t see every day. I’m a visionary, folks. If you are left in awe of my genius, that’s okay. It happens all the time.

Nicklaus to join Palmer as 2010 Masters starter [Sporting News/AP]