Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player hit honorary tee shots to start Masters

Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player hit honorary tee shots to start Masters

Finau has made a few pre-tournament prep trips but he will be doing plenty of learning on the job this week as he adapts to tournament conditions at Augusta National.

Tom Watson won the exhibition at 6-under, one shot better than Tommy Fleetwood and Thomas Pieters.

Tom Watson, 68, won the traditional Masters warm up tournament, becoming the oldest victor ever.

"The Watson of old and the old Watson", responded Nicklaus.

However, there was a Nicklaus that made an ace.

Gary was caddying for his grandfather when he took a shot on the ninth and final hole.

Based on the results of the scan will then determine whether the 28-year-old will make it to the first tee of his debut Masters.

"We talked about three days ago and said "GT do you want to hit the ball on nine?' and he said 'sure".

Jack said that the moment was even more special than any of the six Green Jackets that he's won at Augusta.

"To cap it off with G.T. making a hole-in-one on the last hole?"

"It's awful. We used to play The Open, and we would play in about two hours and 20 minutes or two hours and 25 minutes", Nicklaus said.

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Jack Nicklaus had to agree.

"I said, 'Jack, don't worry about outdriving me now".

"Tiger says, 'Phil, two to one.' And he never played him again the rest of the week", Nicklaus said with a laugh. To have that happen is unbelievable.

Tony Finau is on the course at Augusta National, playing on a badly sprained left ankle. Nicklaus hit the fairway, too, but couldn't quite catch up with Player's shot.

Sam Snead had been the event's grand champion, winning in 1974 at age 61. He was then seen walking cautiously before getting into a golf cart. He took a swipe, twirled his club and tagged the green.

The 15-year-old was wearing his caddie bib when he approached his ball on the 135-yard hole.

This story just keeps on getting crazier.

"That was nerve-wracking", he said.

"What I did didn't make any difference to me". Luckily, a dry cleaner in the area was able to remove the grease.

The two greats of the game carried out their ceremonial duties to open the 82nd edition of the Masters on Thursday before speaking to the world's media and both spoke passionately about the need to address the topic, which has threatened to overshadow players' achievements.

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