AUGUSTA, Ga. - Yeah, yeah. Tiger Woods is back, and Rory McIlroy's got one of the dudes from One Direction caddying for him. Big deal. The largest, and most well-deserved, cheers of Wednesday at Augusta National Golf Club roared for none other than Jack Nicklaus, Masters G.O.A.T.
Playing in the traditional Par 3 Contest, Nicklaus fired a shot at the fourth tee that landed past the flag, then rolled gently back and dropped into the cup amid the delirious shouts of a crowd gathered 20 deep. An ace. An unbelievable, perfect hole-in-one. It was yet another magical, exceptional Masters moment for a man with a lifetime of them already.
Nicklaus, now 75, bent slowly and reached once, twice, three times before plucking the ball out of the cup. He touched his hands to his chest to acknowledge the crowd's cheers.
Nicklaus will next tee it up early Thursday morning to start the Masters with a ceremonial tee shot. Perhaps his success on Wednesday will convince him to play a shot or two past that.
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