Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player hit honorary tee shots to start Masters

Grandson Of Jack Nicklaus Gets Stunning Hole In One On Eve Of Masters Tournament

Six-time victor Jack Nicklaus and three-time champion Gary Player hit honorary tee shots at Augusta National Golf Club.

Famously, no victor of the par-3 contest has ever gone on to triumph in the Masters the same year.

The 15-year-old grandson of Jack Nicklaus lofted a shot that landed above the pin and rolled back into the cup, almost as cool as his smooth swing.

But Watson's victory wasn't the only excitement in the group: Jack needed a hole in one on the 9th to tie Watson, but wasn't able to.

"He's learning how to play golf and I think he learned pretty well here". And while none of the trio will be teeing off today when the Masters begins, the three legends gave the galleries in the Par-3 Contest something to remember.

Player, 82, took the first swing followed by the 78-year-old Nicklaus under a clear, sunny sky with the temperature in the 40s.

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




In an interview carried by the Golf Channel, Nicklaus said in his opinion McIlroy was driving the ball well and doing likewise with his putting.

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.

Tom Watson won the Par-3 Contest. As the ball rolled slowly into the hole, the younger Nicklaus threw his arms into the air and then ran to bear hug his grandfather, who wasn't ashamed to say he shed a few tears. To have that happen is unbelievable.

"Isn't that encouraging for people who are playing the game?" said Player, a three-time Masters champion.

Finau dislocated his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Tournament on Wednesday and then popped it back into place. I mean, he made a move on it.

"What I did didn't make any difference to me".

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