Often claimed to be bad luck if winning the Par 3 contest with no victor going on to wear the famous Green Jacket five days later, the curse certainly seemed to have affected Finau. And while none of the trio will be teeing off today when the Masters begins, the three legends gave the galleries in the Par-3 Contest something to remember.
Looking ahead, this year's Masters has received a monster hype boost thanks to Woods' strong play in recent months.
"After I birdied the first four holes, I said let's go for it", Watson said.
Only 22 players posted official scores, with the majority of the competitors happy to have "No Score" next to their names after letting caddies and family members takes shots for them over some of the holes. The 78-year-old Nicklaus finished tied for fourth at 4-under par. Nicklaus, Adam Hadwin of Canada and Chez Reavie were another shot in arrears at 23.
Jack Nicklaus says he told his grandson three days ago he'd hit a hole-in-one when given the chance.
"I've been amazed at how well he has come back", Nicklaus said, per ESPN's Bob Harig.
But Watson's victory might not have even been the highlight of his playing group, which included fellow World Golf Hall of Famers Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player of South Africa. He said he hit five or six balls on the range just in case, but he still was not expecting to try until it happened. Nicklaus aced the hole - his first hole-in-one ever.
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion and two-time John Deere Classic victor, would welcome the extra yardage.
The golfer's shot bounced off the green, got caught up in the wind and rolled right into the hole.
No. 13 ranked as the easiest hole in 2017, surrendering 128 birdies and six eagles. Matt Fitzpatrick also got onto the leaderboard finishing on three under par.
This year's Masters was set to be the first of Finau's career. Now the club is inviting its first female competitors.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tony Finau injured his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Tournament at the Masters and then seemingly popped it back into place.