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.
* Toms and Harrington were declared joint winners in 2003, because of bad weather preventing a playoff
Lowest winning score (before course changes in 1987):
Lowest winning score since 1987:
Most individual Holes-in-One:
Most Holes-in-One in a Contest:
Reports of the most recent Par 3 Contests: