Nicklaus, Player get 2018 Masters started

Esther Moore
April 6, 2018

Gary Nicklaus, the son of Gary who caddied for his father during his 1986 Masters win, said he was just trying to hit the ball on the green.

Nicklaus finished in a commendable tie for third on four under par, although the six-time Masters champion was upstaged at the ninth when his caddie, grandson Gary, recorded a remarkable hole-in-one to prompt the loudest cheers of the day.

Normally, that just leads to really cute shots of Masters players' children roaming about Augusta's well-manicured greens.

"It doesn't even compare to rugby games or cricket matches or even I mean, Texas football games are big, but it's different, it's more intimate here, it's more it's nice", he said. "Jack was crying like a baby", Watson said. "My wins, that's OK, but to have your grandson make a hole-in-one and watch him do it - man, that's incredible". And he said, 'OK'. "You've got (Phil) Mickelson, you've got Tiger (Woods); see if they may make some noise".

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Watching Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer play the Par-3 was always one of the highlights of the week. Fans would be happy simply to watch them stroll around the course, but the three still have some thrills in their bag. Often claimed to be bad luck if winning the Par 3 contest with no victor going on to wear the famous Green Jacket five days later, the curse certainly seemed to have affected Finau.

Nobody has enjoyed more memorable moments on a golf course than Jack Nicklaus. Still, the 82-year-old Player clipped him. Nicklaus needed a hole-in-one on No. 9 to catch his old rival, but he left his shot 12 feet right of the hole.

But it was a youngster who stole the show.

Jack Nicklaus says he told his grandson three days ago he'd hit a hole-in-one when given the chance. According to a Golfweek article in December, he has aspirations of being a professional golfer one day, although he also is heavily into music. "What a fantastic ending".

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