The Masters Par 3 Contest and Fathers & Sons

by Jeff Skinner

Wednesday at The Masters is a special day, well for that matter any day at The Masters is special.  But on Wednesday, thanks to ESPN and Augusta National we get to watch one of the coolest traditions in golf, The Par 3 Contest.  The Par 3 Contest has evolved into a “We get to play with Daddy Day” at Augusta.  Plenty of the players will use their toddlers as caddies and its fun to watch the “really young guns” hang out with dad.

We also get to see Jack, Arnie and Gary teamed up as the “Threesome for the Ages” if I can steal Jim Nantz’s line.  Jack used his sons to caddy for him a very often later in his career and probably the most famous instance of a son carrying for his dad was when Jackie junior totted dad’s bag around Augusta at Jack’s ’86 triumph.

Guy Yocum spotlights Jack and Jackie Nicklaus in a piece in Golf Digest.  Imagine Jack and his son sitting on the couch in the family room watching a reply of the complete CBS telecast of the 1986 Masters together for the first time.  For Nicklaus fans or Masters fans or golf fans, it doesn’t get any better than this.  You have to read this, it’s almost as good as watching  Jack do it all over again.

Link to Golf Digest and Yocum’s article.


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