Of all the great traditions at The Masters, none is more endearing than the annual Par 3 Contest. This beloved event, held on Wednesday of Tournament week and now televised around the world dates back more than half a century.
The inaugural contest was held in 1960 and won by Sam Snead. The varied field consists of tournament participants, noncompeting past champions and honorary invitees. Together they wind their way around a short, nine-hole layout ranging from 70 to 140 yards nestled in the northeast corner of the Augusta National grounds. There have been 80 holes-in-one made over the years, including a record five in 2002.
The contestant who has the most favourable score against par after nine holes is declared the winner. Famously, no winner of the Par 3 Contest has ever gone on to triumph in the Masters the same year. Not every Par 3 contestant posts a score, however. Many prefer to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the nine holes, occasionally having their caddies attempt a chip or a pitch or tap in a putt.