Tom Watson becomes oldest victor of the Masters Par 3 Contest

Apr 05, 2018, 01:43
Tom Watson becomes oldest victor of the Masters Par 3 Contest

The annual Masters Par-3 Contest produced cheers, tears, an unlikely victor and a freakish mishap on Wednesday at Augusta National. He popped the ankle back into place before calling his family over to celebrate with him. From there, gravity and the undulation of the green did the rest to give GT his first career ace and an unforgettable Masters moment.

No further proof needed after watching his grandson, Gary, hit a hole-in-one during the Par 3 Tournament.

The world number 34 celebrated wildly, running down towards the green, but rolled his left ankle badly in the process.

Watson, who stopped playing the Masters tournament in 2016, became only the second player to win the Par-3 and not play in the tournament, joining Jerry Pate in 2005.

"What I did compared to that doesn't matter, " Nicklaus said through tears.

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Call it the hole-in-one celebration gone wrong.

The 78-year-old, 18-time major victor, said later: "What I did doesn't make any difference to me".

"I said, "well I think you're going to make a hole-in-one".

Nicklaus has been retired from golf for some time now, but is no stranger to making headlines at the Masters Par 3 contest. The legendary trio turned back the clock and shot a combined 11-under par on Wednesday, the lowest score coming from Watson, who finished with a six-under 21. "I said, 'Wouldn't it be nice to win?' I won it along time ago, and of course I didn't go on to win the tournament that year". "I mean what a day".

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