Nathan Green’s first Masters crystalized with hole-in-one

Nathan Green won’t be going home empty-handed after all. In fact, he’ll be loaded down with crystal.

The 34-year-old Australian, who was playing in the first group in the final round of the Masters Sunday, recorded the first hole-in-one of the tournament on Sunday. His 6-iron shot to the middle of the green on the 176-yard, par-3 16th hole took the route of Tiger Woods’ famous chip shot and rolled into the cup while fans were still finding seats.

“The noise was much louder than you expect with so many empty seats,” said Green, who would finish his fourth round before the leaders teed off. “It was nice. I had some good stuff happen for me today. So I’m happy leave with some good Masters memories.”

He’ll also be hauling some crystal. The Masters awards two crystal goblets for every eagle recorded during the tournament and a large crystal bowl for a hole-in-one.

The ace represented Green’s two-under-par hole of the day. He also tapped in a short putt on the par-5 13th for an eagle.

“I didn’t know much about it until somebody told me on 13,” said Green, playing in his first Masters. “It made me kind of nervous over that 1½-footer.”

Both eagles came courtesy of Green’s 6-iron. “So I had one club behaving today,” he said with a laugh.

The 16th has now yielded 12 aces in the previous 74 Masters tournaments, most of any hole at Augusta National.

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