68-year-old Watson went on to become the oldest-ever victor - beating Tommy Fleetwood by one stroke thanks to six birdies from the nine holes. Gary Nicklaus Jr. caddied for his grandfather most of the contest but got his one shot and made the most of it. Also in the playing group was golfing legends Tom Watson and Gary Player, who knew right away it was going to be a special shot.
The two Masters champions may not be playing in this year's tournament, but the old-timers still have it.
The previous oldest victor of the Par 3 Contest was Sam Sneed at 61 in 1974. Nicklaus' grandson, Gary, was caddying for him during the event and chose to step up to the tee on the eighth hole.
Nicklaus, 78, argues slow play - something he describes as "terrible" - needs continued monitoring by the governing bodies. Nicklaus, Adam Hadwin of Canada and Chez Reavie were another shot in arrears at 23.More news: Tag: Gender Pay Gap
The younger Nicklaus, 15, had never made an ace before, and he did so to large cheers from the gallery and tears from his grandfather - the six-time victor of the Masters.
"But watching your grandson do something special, I have a few tears", said 18-time Major victor Nicklaus.
"This is probably my favorite week of the year and for that to happen was just unbelievable", GT said.More news: Nokia 8 Sirocco launched, here are the features and prices
Even more Augusta to like? . With AP Photos.Tony Finau injured his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Tournament at the Masters and then seemed to pop it back into place.
Wednesday's leaderboard at Augusta National Golf Club was straight out of 1977.
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion and two-time John Deere Classic victor, would welcome the extra yardage.
Watson, who lost a play-off for the 2009 Open Championship at the age of 59, told ESPN: "I won it one other time a long time ago and of course I didn't win the tournament that year".More news: United Kingdom lab says can not determine spy nerve agent was Russian-made