Jack Nicklaus cried "like a baby" on Wednesday after his grandson G.T. aced the 9th hole to shut down the day at the Par 3 Contest. A 15-year-old singer, songwriter and solid junior golfer, G.T. had planned to hit the shot for a few days and said he took a few practice swings on the range to make sure he could make a move on the ball in a caddie bib.
I walked up on the scene and watched from a butte overlooking the 9th green. The ball was already in the air, and I was still moving toward the hole. I couldn't see much because , well, this is Jack Nicklaus, and everyone wants to say they saw Jack Nicklaus at Augusta. But I felt that rising wave of electricity that one feels only when something special is about to happen at a sporting event. G.T pulled the string, and I watched a frenzied crowd melt as it trickled toward the cup.
Suddenly patrons, friends, family and even a handful of green jackets exploded with a roar that surely Jack has heard more times than anyone else in golf history. Everyone looked around like they could not believe what they had just seen. Did a 15-year-old really just ace a hole at Augusta National?