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Tom Watson becomes oldest victor of the Masters Par 3 Contest

06 April, 2018, 02:04 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Mickelson has won the Masters three times previously the last of which came back in 2010

Tom Watson, 68, won the traditional Masters warm up tournament, becoming the oldest victor ever.

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player officially got the tournament started Thursday morning with the ceremonial tee shot.

But the teenager didn't have to fulfil the tradition of getting the beers in following his hole-in-one - because he's only 15 and not old enough to buy alcohol in the state of Georgia.

"How many did I play?"

However, Watson is the only player to hold both titles at the same time having won the Par 3 contest in 1982 as the defending Masters champion.

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Nicklaus, 78, argues slow play - something he describes as "terrible" - needs continued monitoring by the governing bodies.

Nicklaus got a little emotional after the round talking about his grandson.

"It's bad. We used to play The Open, and we would play in about two hours and 20 minutes or two hours and 25 minutes", Nicklaus said.

As is custom, the players had their caddies hit tee shots on the final hole of the challenge. No victor of the Par-3, which began in 1960, has won the Masters in the same year, hence a supposed jinx.

"You always want the best for your kids and your grandkids, " Jack Nicklaus said. "For that to happen, it was just unbelievable". The Golden Bear was the first one to greet his grandson, giving him a huge bear hug and Gary Player followed with a pat on the back.

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The nine-time major victor also believes the game is becoming too analytical with players becoming dependent on green books to read putts, with natural flair being hindered.

Remarkably Nicklaus says he saw the moment coming too. He took a swipe, twirled his club and tagged the green.

He said: "What I did doesn't make any difference to me".

After making a hole-in-one on No. 7, Finau took off running in celebration, but when he tried to stop and turn around, he appeared to dislocate his left ankle. According to a Golfweek article in December, he has aspirations of being a professional golfer one day, although he also is heavily into music.

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