Jack Nicklaus, 75, showed up young guns McIlroy and Woods when he aced the 123-yard fourth hole during the Par-3 contest at Augusta National on Wednesday. The legendary six-time Masters champion hit an 8-iron past the hole, then watched it bounce twice and roll back into the cup for his first career ace at August National in 56 years of playing the course. Nicklaus, grinning, high-fived his playing partners Ben Crenshaw and Gary Player, and then raised his arms with a double-fist pump for the cheering crowd.
The only thing cooler than hitting a hole-in-one at 75 in the Masters? Calling it beforehand. During an interview with ESPN earlier that morning, Nicklaus had said he was going for the ace. Thinking on it after the shot, the Golden Bear smiled. “It’s funny, I had an interview this morning and I said, ‘Well, all I’ve got to do is go out and win the Par-3 and make a hole-in-one,’ ” Nicklaus recalled, “and I make a hole-in-one.”