The Masters officially starts on Thursday, but Jack Nicklaus’s 15-year-old grandson produced the week’s first highlight by filling in for his legendary grandfather during the Par 3 Contest and sinking his first hole-in-one.
‘I can’t talk,’ the 78-year-old, six-time Masters champion said after seeing his grandson ace the ninth hole. ‘Got a few tears.’
Gary Nicklaus Jr. was caddying for his grandfather, who previously offered him the chance to step in during the Par 3 Contest and even predicted the outcome.
‘I said I think you’re going to make a hole-in-one,’ a tearful Nicklaus told NBC Sports.
Nicklaus Jr. aced the ninth by shooting over a water hazard and rolling the ball from the back of the green into the hole.
‘I was thinking “no way” and then it looked like it stopped for a second an inch behind the hole,’ Nicklaus Jr. said, adding, ‘I didn’t celebrate at first because I didn’t think I saw it.’
‘That’s No. 1 for me,’ said Nicklaus, who has included most of his 22 grandchildren in the Par-3 event over the years, according to ESPN.
‘I’m running out of Par-3s,’ he said.
And as if it wasn’t enough to share the moment with his grandfather, Nicklaus Jr. hit the hole-in-one in the presence of former Masters champions Tom Watson, who won Wednesday’s Par 3 Contest, and Gary Player.
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Source: Daily Mail