The Par 3 course at Augusta National isn't your typical, run-of-the-mill short course. Instead, it's a full blown mini-version of its big brother in the complex at Augusta, with the same sloping greens and hazards that plague the home of The Masters. And the Par 3 tournament, the traditional Wednesday event during Masters' week, is serious business with a family-friendly twist.
During Wednesday's Par 3 Contest, you're more apt to see children and grandchildren in Augusta caddy jumpsuits than you are bonafide PGA Tour loopers. It's a fun chance for past and present PGA Tour stars, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary player, to gather together in a spirited competition for bragging rights. You'll see kids in those famous white jumpsuits hitting shots and taking putts as golfers blow off steam before the serious competition gets started on Thursday.
But if history is any indication, the Par 3 Contest winner won't be donning the green jacket on Sunday. Call it The Masters curse: No Par 3 winner has ever won The Masters in the same year. Louis Oosthuizen won it last year and while he didn't win The Masters, he did bring home the Open Championship at St. Andrews.
The Par 3 Contest gets started at 12:30 p.m. on the nine-hole, 1,060 yard course at Augusta National Golf Course. Coverage of the contest begins live at 3 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3D.