Jack Nicklaus and the Par 3 contest, it’s over!

Six-time Masters winner and Grand Slam record holder (18), Jack Nicklaus, 82, has decided he will no longer compete in the Par 3 Contest, this friendly and jovial contest that takes place on Wednesday, the eve of the tournament, and was first established in 1960.

Jack Nicklaus remains one of three official starters at Augusta (along with gary player Y tom watsondebutante), but we will not see him again the day before in the famous Par 3 Contest, this par 3 organized in the long par 27 (9 holes) of 1,060 yards (970 meters) adjacent to Augusta National Golf Both spectacular and relaxed club reserved for former champions and players registered in this edition.

So decided the six-time Masters winner, who is now 82 years old. ” It’s fun to go to the teacher’s dinner. (hosted Tuesday night by the defending champion) but I’m done with Par 3he whispered to Golfweek magazine. I had been playing it since the end of my career, but now I can’t. »

In 2018, one of the greatest legends of modern golf had attended, during this same Par 3 Contest, a hole in one made by his grandson, Gary, who was only 15 years old at the time. Like father Like Son ! Very proud, Jack Nicklaus had explained shortly after that this moment of family “magic” had ” It was his best day at Augusta National. !

Let’s remember for the record that this competition, established in 1960, wants the winner to never win the Masters on Sunday…


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