Category: Masters Par 3 Tournament

April 08, 2013

Caroline Wozniacki to caddie for Rory McIlroy in Masters Par 3

Posted at 9:57 AM by Mike Walker


Caroline Wozniacki will caddie for boyfriend Rory McIlroy in Wednesday's Par 3 Contest at Augusta National.

The Par 3 Contest is one of the Masters' many storied traditions. Former champions like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as well as current players compete in the nine-hole event played at the club's par-3 course, and players often have their wives, children, friends or parents caddie for them.

Wozniacki revealed on Twitter that she'd be on McIlroy's bag in response to a question from European Tour player Thorbjørn Olesen, who is playing the Masters this week.

Wozniacki won't be the first women's professional tennis star to caddie in the Par 3 Contest; Chris Evert was on then-husband Greg Norman's bag on 2009.

And, sorry US Magazine, we're not likely to see Lindsey Vonn caddie for Tiger Woods in the Par 3 Contest. Vonn is recovering from knee surgery following a frightening skiing crash in February. Woods hasn't played the Par 3 since 2003. He has said he will play when his children are old enough to caddie for him. His daughter Sam is now 5 years old.

Photo: Getty Images

April 08, 2009

Masters Amateur Jack Newman doesn't want to anger Tom Izzo

Posted at 3:45 PM by David Dusek

Tom Izzo Jack Newman earned his way into this week's field at Augusta National by winning the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. But it didn't take long for the junior at Michigan State to feel like the Spartan's chances of winning the Monday night's National Championship basketball game against North Carolina were slipping away.

"About five minutes, maybe," he said.

Although he knows Goran Suton, the team's 6-foot 10-inch center, and lives near guards Kalin Lucas and Derrell Summers, he clearly doesn't want to cross the team's fiercely intense coach, Tom Izzo (right).

When asked what he thought Izzo would be like on the golf course he said with a laugh, "You know, I don't really know him, so I don't want to comment. I don't want to say the wrong thing."

In keeping with Masters, Newman is staying in the Crow's Nest above the clubhouse with the other Masters amateurs. He finished the nine-hole Par 3 Contest at 3 under par, just two shots behind Tim Clark.

(Photo by John Biever/SI)

April 09, 2008

Bubba Can't Coast at Augusta

Posted at 2:13 PM by John Garrity

“You don’t have time to daydream, which I usually do on golf courses.”

That’s Bubba Watson’s take on Augusta National. Watson, a Masters rookie, has played the course a couple of times over the years, but never under tournament conditions. “It’s totally different,” he said yesterday afternoon. “In the old days I was hitting pitching wedge into 17. Today it was an 8-iron. I used to hit pitching wedge or lob wedge into No. 7. Now it’s a 7-iron from 185.”

Bubba_300 And Bubba, if you need reminding, led the PGA Tour in driving distance in 2007 with an average of 315.2 yards.

“On 18,” he continued, “a lot of the guys aren’t getting it up the hill and around the dogleg. They’re having a dogleg on their SECOND shot. That’s kind of different.”

“The course hasn’t dried out yet,” Watson added. “It will firm up.”

Bubba’s take on the televising of today’s par-3 tournament: “It’s a good idea because it’s something the fans love to watch. It shows that the players are having fun, even though we sometimes look serious and mad when we’re playing.”

Watson planned to play the par-3 with Aaron Baddeley and Woody Austin, a couple of daydream believers. (Update: He played the par-3 round with Baddeley, J.B. Holmes and Padraig Harrington)

(Photo: Robert Beck/SI)

April 08, 2008

Mickelson faults daughter for loss

Posted at 5:34 PM by Cameron Morfit

Mickelson_300Asked if he believes in the jinx of the Par-3 Contest at the Masters, Phil Mickelson said there's no reason why a player can't win both in the same year and faulted his caddie for his failure to win the Par-3.

"I'd love to be the first to win them both, but I just have not ever had a chance to win the Par-3," he said. "My caddie gave me some terrible reads last year. Of course, she was only 5, but still."

Mickelson's daughter, Sophia, is now 6, and with age, presumably, comes experience. But it's unclear if she will get another chance or if she has been sacked for good after her apparent lack of professionalism in 2007.

(Photo: Mike Ehrmann/

Tiger Speaks: Won't play Par-3 contest, groupings released

Posted at 12:40 PM by Cameron Morfit

Four-time Masters champion, 64-time PGA Tour winner and world No. 1 Tiger Woods will again skip the Wednesday Par-3 contest, he said in his pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday.

"It's changed over the years," Woods said. "It's a little bit distracting to [play the Par 3 and] try to get ready for the tournament."

Woods said Augusta was playing a little softer and slower than he's used to. Asked whether he envisions another player laying up on all the par-5s and winning, as Johnson did last year, Woods said, "It could happen this year. As wet as it is and as cool as it is, the ball's not flying. Guys are hitting wood into 18."

Also today, the groupings and tee times for the first two rounds were released. Woods will tee off with Stuart Appleby and the U.S. Open champion, Angel Cabrera, at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. In other featured threesomes, Phil Mickelson will play with K.J. Choi and Andres Romero at 1:41 p.m., and Ernie Els will go off with Jim Furyk and Shingo Katayama at 1:52 p.m. Defending champion Zach Johnson will not be joined by U.S. Amateur champion Colt Knost, who turned pro and thus made himself ineligible for the usual Masters invite. Instead Johnson will tee off with Luke Donald and Geoff Ogilvy at 10:23 a.m.

Read and watch Tiger's complete press conference here.

Harrington is the (Par-3) Tournament Favorite

Posted at 12:04 PM by Cameron Morfit

Harrington_pressconf_tues The Par-3 contest, a light-hearted Wednesday tradition at the Masters since 1960, will make its television debut on ESPN tomorrow (3-5 p.m. Eastern). Padraig Harrington, who won it (with David Toms) with 21 shots in 2003, and successfully defended his title with 23 shots in '04, doesn't believe the winner of the Par-3 tournament can't win the actual tournament. (It's never happened.)

The 2007 British Open champion said in his press conference on Tuesday: "I believe if you win it three times, you're bound to win the actual event."

Contrary to its low-key reputation, Harrington said the Par 3 provides players with at least one significantly stressful shot: the first one. It's only 130 yards, but players aren't yet warmed up, they can't tell which way the wind is blowing, "and the crowd is standing six, eight feet from the hole," Harrington said. "You're thinking, Don't hit it in the crowd. It's one of the most nerve-wracking shots of the week."

Read Harrington's complete press conference here.

(Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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