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Masters Par 3 Tournament Preview
From The Sports Network
Date: Wednesday, April 4th
Start Time: 12:30 p.m. (et)
Site: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
Course Architect: George Cobb and Clifford Roberts (1958)
Par: 27
Yardage: 1,060
Hole-by-Hole
HoleParYards
1 Par 3 130 Yards
2 Par 3 70 Yards
3 Par 3 90 Yards
4 Par 3 130 Yards
5 Par 3 130 Yards
6 Par 3 140 Yards
7 Par 3 115 Yards
8 Par 3 120 Yards
9 Par 3 135 Yards
Par 27 1,060 Yds
Annual: 53rd (done for 2012)
Television: ESPN - Wednesday -- 3-5 p.m. (et), Streaming Video on Masters.com -- 3 p.m. (et)
2011 Champion: Luke Donald
Runner-Up: Angel Cabrera, Raymond Floyd
Course Record: 20 (Art Wall, 1965; Gay Brewer, 1973)
Highest winning score: 24 (Tommy Nakajima, 1988; Rocco Mediate, 1991; Sandy Lyle, 1998)
2011 Finish
 PlayerScorePlayerScore
Luke Donald 22 Ryan Moore 24
Raymond Floyd 23 Phil Mickelson 25
Angel Cabrera 23 Padraig Harrington 25
Rickie Fowler 24 Tim Clark 25
Peter Uihlein (a) 24 Carl Pettersson 25
Adam Scott 24 Kyung-Tae Kim 25
Edoardo Molinari 24 Brandt Snedeker 25
(a) - Amateur
Past Masters Par 3 Winners
 YearPlayer (Score)YearPlayer (Score)
2011 Luke Donald (22) 2010 Louis Oosthuizen (21)
2009 Tim Clark (22) 2008 Rory Sabbatini (22)
2007 Mark O'Meara (22) 2006 Ben Crane (23)
2005 Jerry Pate (22) 2004 *Padraig Harrington (23)
2003 David Toms/Padraig Harrington (21) 2002 *Nick Price (22)
2001 David Toms (22) 2000 *Chris Perry (23)
1999 Joe Durant (22) 1998 Sandy Lyle (24)
1997 *Sandy Lyle (22) 1996 *Jay Haas (22)
1995 *Hal Sutton (23) 1994 Vijay Singh (22)
1993 Chip Beck (21) 1992 Davis Love III (22)
1991 *Rocco Mediate (24) 1990 Ray Floyd (23)
1989 *Bob Gilder (22) 1988 Tommy Nakajima (24)
1987 Ben Crenshaw (22) 1986 *Gary Koch (23)
1985 Hubert Green (22) 1984 Tommy Aaron (22)
1983 Hale Irwin (22) 1982 *Tom Watson (23)
1981 Isao Aoki (22) 1980 Johnny Miller (23)
1979 Joe Inman Jr (23) 1978 *Lou Graham (22)
1977 *Tom Weiskopf (23) 1976 Jay Haas (21)
1975 *Isao Aoki (23) 1974 *Sam Snead (23)
1973 Gay Brewer (20) 1972 Steve Melnyk (23)
1971 *Dave Stockton (23) 1970 Harold Henning (21)
1969 *Bob Lunn (23) 1968 Bob Rosburg (22)
1967 *Arnold Palmer (23) 1966 Terry Dill (22)
1965 Art Wall Jr (20) 1964 Labron Harris Jr (23)
1963 *George Bayer (23) 1962 Bruce Crampton (22)
1961 Deane Beman (22) 1960 Sam Snead (23)
* - Won in Playoff
NOTES:
First played in 1960, the par 3 contest has become a Wednesday tradition at the Masters. Tournament participants, non-competing past champions and honorary invitees are invited to participate in the contest.

The nine hole course is played over DeSoto Springs Pond and Ike's Pond. In 1987, current hole Nos. 8 and 9 were added over Ike's Pond, eliminating hole Nos. 1 and 2 of the original course from Wednesday competition. The mini course is located just behind the 10th hole at Augusta National.

There have been 73 holes-in-one made, with a record five aces recorded in 2002. Toshi Izawa made holes-in-ones on No. 5 and 6 in 2002. He joins Claude Harmon (1968) as the only other player to ace consecutive holes on the par-3 course. Gary Player holds the record for the most holes-in-one with three, his last coming in 1993. There was just one ace made in 2011, as Craig Stadler holed out on the first hole from 130 yards.

No par 3 contest winner has won the Masters the same year after his short-course victory. There have been 18 sudden death playoffs in the history of the par 3. Padraig Harrington joined Sandy Lyle as the only players to win this event two consecutive years, when he won in 2004. Harrington, who tied with David Toms in 2003, defeated Eduardo Romero and Tiger Woods in a playoff for the title that year.

When Harrington won in 2004, he joined Sam Snead, Isao Aoki, Lyle and Toms as a two-time winner of this event. In 2005, Jerry Pate became the first honorary invitee to win the event, as he carded a 22 over the nine-hole stretch.

Art Wall holds the record for largest margin of victory, winning in 1965 by three strokes. Three amateurs have won this event: Deane Beman in 1961, Labron Harris Jr. in 1964 and Jay Haas in 1976.

Although no par 3 winner has won in the same year, 11 winners of the Wednesday event have gone on in future or previous seasons to win the Masters. Sam Snead, Art Wall Jr, Arnold Palmer, Gay Brewer, Tom Watson, Tommy Aaron, Ben Crenshaw, Raymond Floyd, Vijay Singh, Sandy Lyle and Mark O'Meara.

Last year, Luke Donald carded a five-under 22 to edge 2009 Masters champion Angel Cabrera and 1976 winner Raymond Floyd by one shot. As is history, Donald did not win The Masters, as he finished tied for fourth, despite shooting par or better in all four rounds.

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