Masters sleeper pick dislocates ankle celebrating hole-in-one, keeps playing

Dean Simpson
April 5, 2018

Often claimed to be bad luck if winning the Par 3 contest with no victor going on to wear the famous Green Jacket five days later, the curse certainly seemed to have affected Finau. The streak will continue this year, as 68-year-old Tom Watson won the Par-3 and will not be playing in the Masters.

Yet even with the old guys dropping birdies every other hole, the highlight of the group, and of the entire contest, was provided by Nicklaus' grandson Gary, who got the opportunity to take a swing on the ninth hole of Augusta's Par 3 course. Many believed he was a sleeper to win the whole tournament, but his run for a green jacket could be in jeopardy if the ankle injury is enough to keep him out.

Minutes later Jack Nicklaus's grandson, Gary, on the bag for gramps, holed out a tee shot on the 9th, sending a charge through the property and tears to Jack's eyes.

"But since I'm not playing the tournament I said 'Let's go for it this year'".

Nicklaus has been retired from golf for some time now, but is no stranger to making headlines at the Masters Par 3 contest.

We talked three days ago and I asked [G.T.], 'Do you want to hit a ball on No. 9?' I said, 'You're going to make a hole-in-one.

Call it the hole-in-one celebration gone wrong. "It was a very special day, one I'll never forget".

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