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The Masters - Par 3 Contest Records

Now part of the great traditions of Augusta, the Par 3 Contest came into being in 1960 as a fun beginning to the week's business of trying to win Bobby Jones' great championship. There is no prize money at stake, but some elegant Augusta National crystal for the winner, for holes-in-one, and for the shot nearest the pin at each of the nine holes. Players often have their children, or wives or parents as caddies, and indulge in some trick shots to amuse the huge galleries. Participants come from the field for that year's Masters, former champions in attendance and "Honorary Invitees."

But if there is a serious side to the Contest, it is perhaps to be found in the now long-standing 'jinx' on the winner. It may have seemed like a joke after 10 or 20 playings, but it is now 55 years and counting that the winner of the Par 3 Contest has been unable to go on to take the Green Jacket four days later. Only two players have even come close: Raymond Floyd in 1990 and Chip Beck in 1993 both came second in the main event after winning the Par 3 Contest.

Even six-time Masters Champion Jack Nicklaus has admitted that he was uncomfortable about the jinx, and preferred not to play in the Contest at his peak, although with his competitive career now over he enjoys the Wednesday afternoon nine holes.

Most victories:
Padraig Harrington - 3 (2003*, 2004, 2012**)
Sam Snead - 2 (1960, 1974)
David Toms- 2 (2001, 2003*)

* Toms and Harrington were declared joint winners in 2003, because of bad weather preventing a playoff
** Harrington and Jonathan Byrd were declared joint winners when the event was suspended in rain and lightning

Consecutive victories:
Sandy Lyle - 1997 & 1998 (rain shortened)
Padraig Harrington- 2003 & 2004

Oldest winner:
Sam Snead - 61 years old in 1974

Lowest winning score (before course changes in 1987):
Art Wall, Jr (1965) - 20
Gay Brewer (1973) - 20

Chip Beck won the Masters Par 3 Contest in 1993
Chip Beck in 1993 with his winner's crystal. He set a new record score of 21 for the altered course.

Lowest winning score since 1987:
Chip Beck (1993) - 21
David Toms & Padraig Harrington (2003) - 21
Louis Oosthuizen (2010) - 21
Ryan Moore (2014) - 21

75 between 1960 and 2012

Most individual Holes-in-One:
Gary Player - 3

Most Holes-in-One in a Contest:
5 in 2002

Sudden-death playoffs:
18 in the 51 years of the Contest

Jack Nicklaus never won the Contest. Nor has Tiger Woods, who prefers to practice on the main course on the Wednesday.

Reports of the most recent Par 3 Contests:
2012 - Padraig Harrington & Jonathan Byrd win par-3 contest
2011 - Luke Donald wins Masters Par 3 Tournament
2010 - Louis Oosthuizen wins
2009 - Tim Clark wins
2008 - Rory Sabbatini wins
2007 - Mark O'Meara wins
2005 - Jerry Pate wins
2004 - Padraig Harrington wins
2002 - Nick Price wins
2001 - David Toms
2000 - Chris Perry wins
1999 - Joe Durant wins
1998 - Sandy Lyle wins (after event abandoned)


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