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Jack Nicklaus' Grandson Hits Hole-in-One at Masters Par 3 Contest

Jack Nicklaus' Grandson Hits Hole-in-One at Masters Par 3 Contest

It was the first hole-in-one of the 15-year-old G.T. Nicklaus' life, and it was something his grandfather said would happen earlier in the week.

Tom Watson, 68, playing with fellow greats like Nicklaus and Gary Player, needed only eight putts to post a six-under 21 and edge out Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Belgian Thomas Pieters to become the oldest victor of the tournament's traditional curtain-raiser.

Former champions like Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player still participate, and family and friends caddy for the players, who are all much more relaxed. This is a special tournament and golf is a sport I love.

The Masters Par 3 Contest this year was headlined, as it is every year, by the legend's group.

"You play it [Augusta National] every year, you can prepare for it easier, once you play the greens you should know them", added Nicklaus.

"You've got to be kidding me", Nicklaus said.

As Nicklaus and Player walked off the tee, two spotters darted out to grab their tee shots from the fairway; Austin Cook, Ted Potter, Jr. and Wesley Bryan had the 8:30 tee time.




Finau then appeared to pop his ankle joint back into place before limped gingerly towards the green to collect his ball from the hole, although he was able to hit his tee shot to the eighth before withdrawing and his place in Thursday's field looks in jeopardy.

The 68-year-old Watson needed only eight putts in nine holes to shoot a 6-under par 21 and win the 57th annual event.

The first major highlight of the day belonged to 27-year old South African Dylan Frittelli who scored a hole in one at the eighth hole.

"Tiger says, 'Phil, two to one.' And he never played him again the rest of the week", Nicklaus said with a laugh.

The four-time Masters champion is far from concerned.

The ball then rolled down back toward the hole before falling in and elating the crowd.

We have three problems in the game of golf today, and I think all of them can be handled with a variety of different reasons. According to a Golfweek article in December, he has aspirations of being a professional golfer one day, although he also is heavily into music.


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