Masters: Tom Watson wins Augusta National par-three contest

2018 Masters
Venue: Augusta National Dates: 5-8 April
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Tom Watson became the oldest winner of the traditional eve-of-Masters par-three contest by finishing on six under at the Augusta National on Wednesday.

The 68-year-old American, playing with fellow legends Jack Nicklaus, 78, and Gary Player, 82, came home one shot ahead of England's Tommy Fleetwood.

Fleetwood will not be too disgruntled because no player has won the par-three event and the Masters in the same year.

"It's the magic of the putter - everything has gone in," said Watson.

Wives, girlfriends, parents and children tend to caddie on a fun afternoon, with some playing shots.

Matt Kuchar's young son rolled in a 30ft putt to cheers of "Kuuuuuuuch!" - normally reserved for his dad - while world number two Justin Thomas' father found the water with his tee shot on the ninth.

Arguably the biggest roar of the day was reserved for Nicklaus' grandson, who shot a hole-in-one at the last.

Nicklaus wiped away a tear before joking: "Where's your dad to get a round in? You're too young to drink."

He told Sky Sports: "I asked him when we were at home four days ago if he wanted to hit a shot. He said yes, so I told him he would hit a hole-in-one."

(l-r) Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson
Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson delighted the patrons at Augusta National

There were two official holes-in-one this year, with Dylan Frittelli and Tony Finau taking the overall total to 96 in the competition's history.

However, Finau then injured himself while dancing down the fairway in celebration. The 28-year-old American's ankle buckled and he appeared to pop it back into place before hobbling to his family for a hug.

There are fears he may not now be able to start his first round on Thursday, however he declined to speak to reporters after leaving the course. Finau's round is scheduled to begin 12:43 (17:43 BST).

Tony Finau collapses after appearing to roll his ankle
Tony Finau collapses after hitting a hole-in-one
Tony Finau
The American was quickly back to his feet to be congratulated by his young family

The contest was first held in 1960, with Sam Snead victorious. Snead was the previous oldest champion at 61 in 1974.

(l-r) Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson at Augusta National
Tom Watson won the Masters in 1977 and 1981
Rory McIlroy and wife Erica Stoll
Rory McIlroy's wife Erica Stoll carried his clubs
Bubba Watson running with his daughter
Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson had his daughter among several children in his group
Justin Rose and his children at Augusta National
England's Justin Rose was accompanied by his two children
Justin Thomas watches a child hole his putt on the eighth
World number two Justin Thomas asked a child from the crowd to hole his putt on the eighth


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