- Jack Nicklaus’ grandson, Gary Nicklaus, stole the show at the Masters Par 3 contest on Wednesday, hitting a hole-in-one on the final hole.
- The Par 3 contest offers golfers a chance to take it easy on the course before the competition begins, with many players bringing family and loved ones on the course to serve as their caddies.
Jack Nicklaus is the greatest golfer the Masters has ever seen, having won six times at Augusta National – two more than any other player. But on Wednesday at the Masters Par 3 contest, it was his 15-year-old grandson, Gary Nicklaus, who stole the show, hitting a hole-in-one on the final hole.
On the final hole of the contest, Jack let Gary take the tee shot, and the younger Nicklaus made the most of it.
After a swing that gave the television audience the satisfying sound of a ball well-hit, Nicklaus’ ball cleared the water and began a friendly roll towards the hole. The crowd swelled in anticipation and erupted when the ball found its home.
“We talked about this yesterday!” said the senior Nicklaus after the incredible moment.
The Par 3 contest gives players past and present an easy day to enjoy the day at Augusta National before the competition really tees off on Thursday. Players will often have their loved ones caddie for them, and sometimes take a few swings themselves, and this year, Gary Nicklaus was walking the course with his grandfather.
Nicklaus has been retired from golf for some time now, but is no stranger to making headlines at the Masters Par 3 contest. Back in 2015, he hit an ace of his own, much to the crowd’s delight.