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Watch: Remember this caddie ace from the 2018 Masters Par 3 Contest?

G.T. Nicklaus, Jack Nicklaus
In one of the most incredible moments in Masters Par 3 Contest history, G.T. Nicklaus — caddie and grandson of Jack — made a hole-in-one on the final hole in 2018. Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The Masters is a “tradition unlike any other” filled with traditions unlike any other.

One such tradition is the annual Par 3 Contest, played every Masters Wednesday.

No player has ever won both the Par 3 and the tournament proper in the same week, a fact the players are reminded of every year.

Not a big deal, however. The Par 3 Contest is all about fun. It’s a chance to see the children of the world’s top players look adorable in their miniature Masters caddie jumpsuits as they tag along inside the ropes with dad.

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It’s a chance to see legends like Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson “compete.”

It’s typically an afternoon off for regular caddies, as players partaking in the par 3 instead turn to friends or loved ones for the 9-hole loop. And for those who aren’t in contention for the crystal pedestal bowl awarded to the winner, it’s common to let the caddies hit a shot or two.

That was the case in 2018. Nicklaus, playing alongside Player and Watson, had his 15-year-old grandson, G.T., caddying. When the group of legends – with 11 Masters victories and 35 major wins between them – reached the ninth hole, Nicklaus asked G.T. if he wanted to hit a tee shot.

G.T. obliged and what happened next gave the world of golf goosebumps…

Are you kidding? What a moment.

It seemed only fitting that the grandson of the man with a record six Masters wins be the first caddie in history to record an ace in the Par 3 Contest.

That’s just the kind of thing that people with the last name “Nicklaus” do at Augusta National.

Having Player commentate the ace was a nice touch, too.

And how about the words in this tweet from the proud grandpa?

It’s hard to imagine there will ever be a moment like that one again in the Masters Par 3 Contest.

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