Activities Sports & Athletics The Masters Par-3 Contest Winners, Records and Facts Plus: When did it start? Has a Par-3 winner ever won The Masters? Share PINTEREST Email Print Arnold Palmer tees off in the Par-3 Contest in 2013. The tournament draws huge crowds and, over time, has taken on the feel of a casual, family fun day. 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What Is the Origin of Augusta's Par-3 Course and the Masters' Par-3 Contest? The Par-3 Course was added to the grounds of Augusta National, in an area near Augusta's No. 10 hole, in 1958. It was designed by Augusta National co-founder Clifford Roberts and architect George Cobb. (Tom Fazio later did some work on the short course, too). The Par-3 Course is 1,060 yards in length and plays to a par of, surprise, 27. DeSoto Springs Pond and Ike's Pond serve as water hazards on the course. See also: Augusta Par-3 Course photo gallery The first Par-3 Contest was held in 1960, and it's been played every year since. The contest is held on Wednesday, the day before the tournament proper opens, and is open to the field for that year's Masters, plus former champions in attendance. Sam Snead won the first Par-3 Contest. Jack Nicklaus has never won. Winners of the Masters Par-3 Contest 2019 - Matt Wallace2018 - Tom Watson2017 - None (canceled due to bad weather)2016 - Jimmy Walker2015 - Kevin Streelman2014 - Ryan Moore2013 - Ted Potter Jr.2012 - Padraig Harrington, Jonathan Byrd (tie)2011 - Luke Donald2010 - Louis Oosthuizen2009 - Tim Clark2008 - Rory Sabbatini2007 - Mark O'Meara2006 - Ben Crane2005 - Jerry Pate2004 - Padraig Harrington2003 - Padraig Harrington, David Toms (tie)2002 - Nick Price2001 - David Toms2000 - Chris Perry1999 - Joe Durant1998 - Sandy Lyle1997 - Sandy Lyle1996 - Jay Haas1995 - Hal Sutton1994 - Vijay Singh1993 - Chip Beck1992 - Davis Love III1991 - Rocco Mediate1990 - Raymond Floyd1989 - Bob Gilder1988 - Tsuneyuki Nakajima1987 - Ben Crenshaw1986 - Gary Koch1985 - Hubert Green1984 - Tommy Aaron1983 - Hale Irwin1982 - Tom Watson1981 - Isao Aoki1980 - Johnny Miller1979 - Joe Inman, Jr.1978 - Lou Graham1977 - Tom Weiskopf1976 - Jay Haas1975 - Isao Aoki1974 - Sam Snead1973 - Gay Brewer1972 - Steve Melnyk1971 - Dave Stockton1970 - Harold Henning1969 - Bob Lunn1968 - Bob Rosburg1967 - Arnold Palmer1966 - Terry Dill1965 - Art Wall Jr.1964 - Labron Harris Jr.1963 - George Bayer1962 - Bruce Crampton1961 - Deane Beman1960 - Sam Snead What Is the Par-3 Contest Scoring Record? The tournament record for the Par-3 Contest is 19, set by Jimmy Walker in 2016. That lowered the previous mark of 20, which was shared by Art Wall (1965) and Gay Brewer (1973). Who Is Eligible to Play in the Masters Par-3 Contest? Beginning in 2017, the Par-3 Contest is open only to those in the field for The Masters Tournament, plus past champions of The Masters (whether they are playing in the current year's Masters or not). Prior to that, the par-3 tournament was also open to anyone that Augusta National decided to invite. That often included golfers who never won The Masters (but did win one of the other majors), some Augusta National members, and sometimes VIPs from the business world. Has the Par-3 Contest Champ Ever Won the Masters? No golfer has ever won the Par-3 Contest and then won The Masters in the same year. This has led some to refer to winning the Par-3 Contest as "the Masters jinx." However, plenty of Par-3 Contest winners have won The Masters in other years. The most famous Masters champion, Jack Nicklaus, has never won the Par-3 Contest; however, Masters champs such as Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw and Vijay Singh have. And there's no particular reason to expect that winning the Par-3 Contest should be a harbinger of performance in The Masters. The Par-3 Contest, after all, is a pitch-and-putt, and it's also a very casual affair. Many players bring along friends or family members as caddies; not all golfers who are entered in The Masters also enter the Par-3 Contest. Prior to 2017, many golfers who played the Par-3 Contest were not entered in The Masters. (In 2017, Augusta National changed the rules, making only those golfers in the field for The Masters plus past Masters winners eligible to play in the Par-3 Contest). There are two players who won the Par-3 Contest and then finished second in The Masters the same year: In 1990, Par-3 winner Raymond Floyd lost a playoff to Nick Faldo; in 1993, Par-3 winner Chip Beck was runner-up to Bernhard Langer. Does the Par-3 Contest Winner Get a Trophy? Yes - the Par-3 Contest winner is presented with a trophy in the form of a crystal bowl. See Masters Trophies and Medals for a photo of it. Plus a Few More Trivia Tidbits ... Padraig Harrington is the leader in Par-3 Contest wins with three (2003, 2004, 2012). In 2003 and 2012 Harrington tied others for the win, in both cases after the day was cut short by bad weather. The Par-3 Contest was canceled for the first time in its history in 2017 due to bad weather. The most holes-in-one recorded in any Par-3 Contest is nine, which happened in 2016. One of those nine aces in 2016 was by 80-year-old Gary Player, and it was his fourth career ace in the Par-3 Contest. And four aces is the tournament record for most career holes-in-one.