Masters Tournament Par-3 contest

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Par-3 Contest
Tournament information
Location Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Established 1960, 57 years ago
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Par 27
Length 1,060 yards (970 m)[1]
Organized by Augusta National Golf Club
Format Stroke play
Month played April
Tournament record score
To par −8 Jimmy Walker (2016)
Current champion
United States Jimmy Walker

The Masters Tournament Par-3 contest is a golf competition which precedes the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The first Par-3 contest was held 57 years ago, before the 1960 tournament, and was won by three-time Masters champion Sam Snead.[2] The contest takes place in a single round on a nine-hole, par-27 course in the northeast corner of Augusta National Grounds, which was designed in 1958 by George Cobb and club founder Clifford Roberts.[1][3][4]

Traditionally the golfers playing in the contest have invited family members onto the course to caddie for them, sometimes allowing them to play shots on their behalf.[5] Numerous holes in one have been made during the history of the tournament, including nine in the 2016 tournament.[4]

Snead became the tournament's first multiple winner when he triumphed in the 1974 event. The most recent winner, in 2016, is Jimmy Walker who won with a course-record round of 8 below par, which included a hole in one. Snead, Sandy Lyle, Pádraig Harrington, Isao Aoki and David Toms are the five players to have won the tournament on more than one occasion. The result of the tournament has been decided by a playoff on 20 occasions, while the contest has concluded with a tie twice. Just 14 of the 59 winners (including ties) are non-American. No winner of the Par-3 contest has gone on to win the Masters in the same year.[4]

Winners

Sam Snead (pictured in 1967) won the inaugural Par-3 contest in 1960, and went on to win the 1974 contest.
Fijian Vijay Singh (pictured in 2007) claimed the title in 1994.
Sandy Lyle (pictured in 2006) won two consecutive contests, in 1997 and 1998.
Irish golfer Pádraig Harrington (pictured in 2007) has won the contest three times, including one shared title and one title after a playoff.

Key

Tied – the contest ended in a tie.[6]

* – the contest ended in a playoff.[6]

(2), (3)...  – second, third victory for the winner, etc.

Year Winner Country To par[7][a] Ref.
1960 Sam Snead  United States −4 [2]
1961 Deane Beman  United States −5 [6]
1962 Bruce Crampton  Australia −5 [6]
1963* George Bayer  United States −4 [6]
1964 Labron Harris Jr.  United States −4 [6]
1965 Art Wall Jr.  United States −7 [8]
1966 Terry Dill  United States −5 [6]
1967* Arnold Palmer  United States −4 [6]
1968 Bob Rosburg  United States −5 [6]
1969* Bob Lunn  United States −4 [6]
1970 Harold Henning  South Africa −6 [6]
1971* Dave Stockton  United States −4 [6]
1972 Steve Melnyk  United States −4 [6]
1973 Gay Brewer  United States −7 [8]
1974* Sam Snead (2)  United States −5 [6]
1975* Isao Aoki  Japan −4 [6]
1976 Jay Haas  United States −6 [6]
1977* Tom Weiskopf  United States −4 [9]
1978* Lou Graham  United States −5 [6]
1979 Joe Inman  United States −5 [6]
1980 Johnny Miller  United States −5 [6]
1981 Isao Aoki (2)  Japan −5 [10]
1982* Tom Watson  United States −4 [11]
1983 Hale Irwin  United States −5 [6]
1984 Tommy Aaron  United States −5 [12]
1985 Hubert Green  United States −5 [6]
1986* Gary Koch  United States −4 [6]
1987 Ben Crenshaw  United States −5 [13]
1988 Tsuneyuki Nakajima  Japan −3 [6]
1989* Bob Gilder  United States −5 [6]
1990 Raymond Floyd  United States −4 [6]
1991* Rocco Mediate  United States −3 [6]
1992 Davis Love III  United States −5 [6]
1993 Chip Beck  United States −6 [14]
1994 Vijay Singh  Fiji −5 [15]
1995* Hal Sutton  United States −4 [16]
1996* Jay Haas (2)  United States −5 [17]
1997* Sandy Lyle  Scotland −5 [18]
1998 Sandy Lyle (2)  Scotland −3 [6]
1999 Joe Durant  United States −5 [6]
2000* Chris Perry  United States −4 [19]
2001 David Toms  United States −5 [20]
2002* Nick Price  Zimbabwe −5 [21]
2003Tied Pádraig Harrington
David Toms (2)
 Ireland
 United States
−6 [22]
2004* Pádraig Harrington (2)  Ireland −4 [23]
2005 Jerry Pate  United States −5 [24]
2006 Ben Crane  United States −4 [25]
2007 Mark O'Meara  United States −5 [26]
2008 Rory Sabbatini  South Africa −5 [27]
2009 Tim Clark  South Africa −5 [27]
2010 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa −6 [27]
2011 Luke Donald  England −5 [28]
2012Tied Jonathan Byrd
Pádraig Harrington (3)
 United States
 Ireland
−5 [29]
2013* Ted Potter, Jr.  United States −4 [3]
2014 Ryan Moore  United States −6 [30]
2015* Kevin Streelman  United States −5 [31]
2016 Jimmy Walker  United States −8 [4]
2017 Contest cancelled due to rain [32]

Masters champions who also won a Par-3 contest

Arnold Palmer (pictured in 2009) won the Par-3 contest in 1967 having won the Masters four times between 1958 and 1964.
Champions Par-3 wins Masters wins[33]
Sam Snead 1960, 1974 1949, 1952, 1954
Art Wall Jr. 1965 1959
Arnold Palmer 1967 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
Gay Brewer 1973 1967
Tom Watson 1982 1977, 1981
Tommy Aaron 1984 1973
Ben Crenshaw 1987 1984, 1995
Raymond Floyd   1990 1976
Vijay Singh 1994 2000
Sandy Lyle 1997, 1998 1988
Mark O'Meara 2007 1998
  • No player has won the Par-3 contest and the Masters in the same year, a fact well known by the players.[4][34]
    Raymond Floyd came the closest in the 1990 tournament, but lost in a sudden-death playoff.[35]
  • Ben Crenshaw and Vijay Singh are the only players to win a Masters after winning a Par-3 contest.
  • Tom Watson is the only player to hold both titles at once, for four days, winning the Par-3 contest in 1982 as defending Masters champion.[11]

Notes

  • a Par is a predetermined number of strokes that a golfer should require to complete a hole, a round (the sum of the total pars of the played holes), or a tournament (the sum of the total pars of each round). E stands for even, which means the round was completed in the predetermined number of strokes.[7]

References

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  2. ^ a b Stutsman, Doug (April 6, 2016). "The day an amateur won at Augusta National". The Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Ted Potter Jr. wins Par 3 in playoff". ESPN. April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Masters 2016: Nine holes-in-one in Par 3 contest". BBC Sport. April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
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  8. ^ a b "Par-3 Contest offers big fun in a short round". The Augusta Chronicle. April 8, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
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  12. ^ "Tommy Aaron, winner of the Masters Championship in 1973,.." United Press International. April 11, 1984. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ Fowler, Bob (April 9, 1987). "Crenshaw Wins Despite Dad's Advice Left-handed Approach Leaves O'Grady Last". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
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  18. ^ "USA: Augusta: Golf: Sandy Lyle wins annual Par-3 Contest". Associated Press. October 4, 1997. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
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  20. ^ "Wednesday notebook: Is Toms cursed?". ESPN. April 4, 2001. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
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  24. ^ "Jerry Pate wins Masters par-3 tourney". United Press International. April 6, 2005. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
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  26. ^ "Mark O'Meara wins the Par 3 contest". Golf Today. April 5, 2007. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  27. ^ a b c "Louis Oosthuizen wins par-3 Contest at Augusta". BBC Sport. April 7, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  28. ^ Fine, Larry (April 6, 2011). "Luke Donald wins Masters Par-3 Contest". Reuters. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  29. ^ McAllister, Mike (April 4, 2012). "Harrington, Byrd share Par 3 victory". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  30. ^ "The Masters: Ryan Moore wins Augusta Par 3 Contest". CNN. April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  31. ^ Ballengee, Ryan (April 8, 2015). "Kevin Streelman won Masters Par 3 Contest with special caddie". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  32. ^ Herrington, Ryan (April 5, 2017). "A Masters Par 3 Contest first: No winner declared after rain washes out the event". Golf Digest. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
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  35. ^ Shearer, Ed (April 9, 1990). "Floyd devastated after late collapse". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. Associated Press. p. 4B. 

External links

  • About Golf – The Masters Par-3 Contest winners
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