Incredibly, the two-time Masters champion is going to win the event, giving him two career wins in the Par 3 Contest.
After draining two early clutch par putts from mid-range the 34-year-old Victorian sits at two-under-par through five holes, one shot ahead of former Masters victor Vijay Singh of Fiji.
No victor of the Par-3, which began in 1960, has won the Masters in the same year, hence a supposed jinx. "I won it a long time ago and of course I didn't win the tournament".
Tom Watson, 68, won the traditional Masters warm up tournament, becoming the oldest victor ever.
Meanwhile, veteran Tom Watson became the oldest victor of the traditional Masters warm-up.
However, there was a Nicklaus that made an ace.
He was out in arguably the most competitive group of the day with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who shot 23 and 25 respectively, but it was Watson who became the unlikely victor of the annual competition.
"You've got to be kidding me", Nicklaus said. "He said, 'Oh, yeah". The ball then rolled down back toward the hole before falling in and elating the crowd.
"To cap it off with G.T. making a hole-in-one on the last hole?" "I said, I didn't win seven", Nicklaus said. "It couldn't have been any better". Pretty special, wasn't it? Wow.
We have three problems in the game of golf today, and I think all of them can be handled with a variety of different reasons.
Franck Ribery hopes to stay at Bayern Munich
Bayern now only needs a draw in the second leg in Munich next week to reach the semifinals for the fifth time in six seasons. Sarabia should then have put the hosts ahead but fired just wide after the ball dropped perfectly for him in front of goal.
"To watch your grandson do that is special", said a still choked up Nicklaus.
The teenager is the son of Gary, the fourth of Jack and Barbara Nicklaus' five children. "For that to happen, it was just unbelievable". Phil says, 'I got this buffet behind me.' He says, 'Let's switch ends.
PAIN IN THE ACE: Tony Finau turned what should have been a happy moment into a scary one.
Finau was running backwards in an enthusiastic celebration of a hole-in-one on the seventh when his left ankle buckled underneath him. After a couple years where it looked like his days of seriously competing on the sport's biggest stages were over because of back problems, he's showcased top-tier form as of late.
Watch the incredible hole in one in the video below. Also, what a damn swing, and a club twirl to match.
This story just keeps on getting crazier.
"That was nerve-wracking", he said. Luckily, a dry cleaner in the area was able to remove the grease.
Austin Cook, Ted Potter Jr. and Wesley Bryan were the first group to go off at 8:30am local time, with Tiger Woods due to start his round at 10:42am.
The 82-year-old Player and 77-year-old Nicklaus each hit solid ceremonial tee shots to wild applause from the fans, who are filling the galleries for the most anticipated Masters in some time.