Jack Nicklaus 'amazed' at how Tiger Woods has come back

Jack Nicklaus 'amazed' at how Tiger Woods has come back

Jack Nicklaus 'amazed' at how Tiger Woods has come back

Tom Watson, the 68-year-old two-time Masters champ, turned back the clock in the family-friendly finale to Augusta preparations by shooting six-under on the nine hole layout to win by a shot.

Player and Nicklaus continued their role as honorary starters by each hitting a tee shot on the opening hole, with 82-year-old Player producing the longest - and most accurate - drive by around five yards from 78-year-old Nicklaus.

Since the contest started in 1960, nobody has ever become par-three and Masters champion in the same week, so Fleetwood had Watson to thank.

The first major highlight of the day belonged to 27-year old South African Dylan Frittelli who scored a hole in one at the eighth hole.

Finau withdrew from the Par-3 Contest, though he stayed with his group for the final two holes.

The younger Nicklaus was carrying his grandad's bag but as is tradition, the clubs were handed to him for a shot at the last hole.

"You play it [Augusta National] every year, you can prepare for it easier, once you play the greens you should know them", added Nicklaus.

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Jack Nicklaus says he told his grandson three days ago he'd hit a hole-in-one when given the chance.

"To watch your grandson to that is special", said a still choked up Nicklaus said.

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player choked back tears as two of golf's greatest players officially opened the second Masters without the legendary Arnold Palmer on Thursday (Friday NZ Time).

"This is probably my favorite week of the year and for that to happen was just unbelievable", GT said. It's the kind of moment, with so many fans cheering, that's typically reserved for golf's stars, not the grandson of one.

A Nicklaus with a fabulous finish at Augusta National, imagine that.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion and two-time John Deere Classic victor, would welcome the extra yardage.

"I was just trying to hit it on the green, trying to hit a good shot, " the younger Nicklaus said.

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