Luke Donald won the 2011 Par 3 Contest at Augusta National Golf Club by shooting 5-under, ensuring he will not win the Masters Tournament itself. No Par 3 winner has ever also won the green jacket in the same week. Tourney fave Phil Mickelson shot 2-under, with a complete list of contest scores and standings available at the official Masters site.
The event, known for its frequent holes-in-one, saw only one ace today. Craig Stadler scored a single on the 130-yard hole No. 1, the 73rd such score in contest history. Stewart Cink thought he recorded a solo on hole No. 9, but the ball lipped out and wound up about a half-foot away while Cink hugged and high-fived his various caddies. That final hole is designed to produce maximum aces, with a slight bowl surrounding its cup, but drew many near-misses today.
Francesco Molinari wound up just four inches away from a hole-in-one on hole No. 6, with Mike Weir landing under a foot away from hole No. 7 on his first stroke.
Jack Nicholson, Gary Player, and Arnold Palmer were among the vets who got to play at the just-for-funsies pre-tourney novelty event. It's a fun event to watch, with all the players commenting on their own performance and the senior players grunting and straining for maximum comedy.