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Has a Par-3 Contest Winner Ever Won The Masters?

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Raymond Floyd in the Par-3 Contest and The Masters

Raymond Floyd came closest to winning the Par-3 Contest and The Masters in the same year.

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Question: Has a Par-3 Contest Winner Ever Won The Masters?

The Par-3 Contest has been a Masters tradition since 1960, played on the Wednesday prior to the first round of The Masters. Has any winner of the Par-3 Contest ever gone on to win The Masters?

Answer: 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; and many golfers who do play the Par-3 Contest are not entered in The Masters.

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 runnerup to Bernhard Langer.

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