One of the traditions of the Masters tournament is the Par-3 Contest, which is held on the Wednesday of tournament week. The exhibition is considered one of the unique aspects of the tournament where wives, girlfriends, and children serve as caddies while wearing white Augusta National jumpsuits.
The contest, which started in 1960, was meant to be something of a stress-reliever for the players on the eve of the tournament, while at the same time allowing for some light target practice – as well as a few friendly wagers (the purses were not $10M back in the day).
- The original concept for the Par 3 Contest came from Augusta National Chairman Clifford Roberts.
- The contest is played on a short (1,060 yards), nine-hole course, located on the grounds of Augusta National behind Ike’s Cabin.
- The holes, ranging from 70 to 140 yards, play over DeSoto Springs Pond and Ike’s Pond.
- The contestant who has the most favorable score against par after nine holes is declared the winner.
- Sam Snead won the first competition, and won it again in 1974 at 61.
- No winner of the Par 3 Contest has ever gone on to capture the green Jacket the same year.
- Contestants are limited to only players in the field and former Masters champions. Up until this year, the contest was open to honorary invitees.
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 5, 12 PM (ET)
Where: Par 3 Course, Augusta National Golf Club
TV: ESPN 3-5 PM, Sky Sports 4 7:30 PM (UK)
Live Stream: 3 PM ET on Masters.com and WatchESPN (U.S.), 7:30 PM BST on Sky Go (UK)
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