Curse of Par 3 falls to Moore
Ryan Moore won the Masters Par 3 Contest on Wednesday, pretty much eliminating him from contention in the Masters, which will begin Thursday.
That’s because no Par 3 winner has ever turned around and won the big tournament.
Moore shot a 6-under 21 on Augusta National’s par-3 course, two strokes better than Kevin Stadler and Fuzzy Zoeller. The event included three holes-in-one – Mark O’Meara and Buddy Alexander on No. 2 and Matt Jones on No. 3.
“Someone has got to break the curse at some point,” said Moore. “I’m not afraid of it. Who knows? I might go shoot 8 under or something, make a couple holes-in-one. We’ll see.”
This is Moore’s sixth Masters. In 2005 he tied for 13th, his best finish.
“Hundreds of thousands of other kids saw how much fun they had, sat by their televisions, repeatedly telling their moms and dads they could hit that chip even better, visualized themselves right here at Augusta next year,” said Payne. “In doing so, they all began the process of falling in love with the game of golf.”
Payne said the competition will expand to more than 250 qualifying venues in all 50 states next year. Registration information: www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
“There are some areas that, as soon as this summer, have some significant, immediate planning,” Payne said. “Others will take longer because we’re going to wait and see or we can’t find specimens large enough to really make a difference. But we still think it’s beautiful.”
“(I will) if I have to crawl,” Palmer said.
Sunny with highs in the mid-70s Thursday. The weather pattern is predicted to hold through the weekend, with temperatures increasing to the mid-80s.