Teen idol, Tiger kids, Nick­laus ace top Par-3 fun

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY JIM SLATER

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.

AP

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.

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