Apr
9
2015
Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus steal the show in the Masters Par-3 Contest
By Stephanie Wei under The Masters

Tiger Woods and his Olympic skier girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, along with his adorable children Sam and Charlie, who were in his caddies in the Masters Par-3 Contest, stole the spotlight for most of the festivities on Wednesday afternoon. It was the first time Woods decided to be a regular human being like his fellow competitors and play in the fun and lighthearted event since 2004.

While all eyes were on Woods and his family, Jack Nicklaus took center stage when he aced the 123-yard fourth hole, with his shot landing past the pin and spinning back into the cup. At 75 years young, Nicklaus showed he’s still got game. Interesting enough, it was Nicklaus’ first hole-in-one at Augusta National — on either course — in 56 years of playing here.

What’s more, Nicklaus actually kind of predicted his ace.

“I never had a hole‑in‑one at Augusta,” said Nicklaus. “It’s funny, I had an interview this morning, and I said, ‘Well, all I’ve got to do is go out and win the Par 3 and make a hole‑and‑one,’ and I make a hole‑in‑one.”

Check out the moment below:

Nicklaus was playing alongside Gary Player and Ben Crenshaw, who is competing in his final Masters.

“I enjoy it,” said the 18-time major champion. “I always feel like the Par 3 is a place I can play because it’s not long. I always feel like I’ve got a chance to do it. When I hit the shot at 4, I had 123 yards or something like that, a breeze coming at us.

“I actually hit two more shots that hit right around the edge of the hole, had a chance to go in. I didn’t finish up very well, but we had a lot of fun.”

That’s what it’s all about, after all. Now, who’s ready for the actual tournament to start?