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Crenshaw in for Palmer at Par 3 Contest

Ben Crenshaw (right) will play in the Masters for the last time this week. Harry How/Getty Images

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Ben Crenshaw will take the place of Arnold Palmer alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player at the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday at Augusta National, the nine-hole event that precedes the Masters.

Palmer, 85, is unable to participate due to a shoulder injury that occurred during a fall in December but is still expected to join Nicklaus and Palmer on Thursday morning as honorary starters.

"Nobody can replace Arnold Palmer," Crenshaw said. "I hope they don't throw me out. It's an honor and a privilege."

Crenshaw, 63, won the Masters in 1984 and 1995 is playing the tournament for the last time this week.

"We felt (it) was a fitting way to acknowledge the end of Ben's illustrious 44 years of competition at the Masters," Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said. "We look forward to Arnold's return to the Par 3 Contest next year."

The Par 3 begins Wednesday at Noon and will be televised by ESPN starting at 3 p.m.