Teen idol, Tiger kids, Nicklaus ace top Par-3 fun
Golf icon Jack Nicklaus and Niall Horan, the pop star caddie for Rory McIlroy, one-upped Tiger Woods on Wednesday in the superstar’s first Masters Par-3 Contest outing since 2004. It was the first time Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the record 18 majors won by Nicklaus, brought his children to the relaxed atmosphere of the special course at Augusta National.
But Nicklaus produced his first hole-in-one of any sort at Augusta National at the 130-yard fourth hole to a roar from spectators and Horan, a member of the British boy band One Direction, was sought after for selfies and autographs.
Woods was joined by his U.S. ski star girlfriend Lindsey Vonn and his children with ex-wife Elin Nordegren — daughter Sam, 7, and son Charlie, 6 — for a special stroll unlike those that led to four Masters green jackets.
“We had an absolutely great time,” Woods said. “These were memories for a lifetime.” Woods tweeted his delight at sharing the Masters with the next generation of his family. “I’ll always have memories of my pop at Augusta and now Sam & Charlie. An amazing day,” Woods tweeted.
Nicklaus had joked before the round about having never made an ace at Augusta National, then lofted a shot over the lake at the 130-yard fourth hole that bounced twice and spun backward 20 feet into the cup.
There were five aces in all on the day, including South African Trevor Immelman at the fifth, Chilean amateur Matias Dominguez and Colombian Camilo Villegas after Nicklaus at the fourth and Villegas again at the eighth.
Tiger Woods’ children Sam and Charlie, as well as girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, watch Woods during the Par 3 contest at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday, April 8.