The Masters Par 3 Contest is one of the great traditions of the Masters Tournament. The competition, held on the Wednesday of Masters week, has been going on since 1960. Legend Sam Snead won the first one.
It has turned into one of the marquee events of Masters Week. As Augusta National Golf Club has slowly or surely loosened rules on television coverage, the event has started to be televised in its entirety, whether streaming or on cable TV on ESPN. And, we get to see another side to our favorite players, as oftentimes their families are out on the course with them, with wives and children dressed in the traditional white Masters bibs.
The nine-hole course is a gem of beautiful golf holes, with small greens, great water hazards, and big elevation changes. with five new holes this year. The course has many opportunities for holes-in-one, too, and Irishman Seamus Power made history with TWO straight holes-in-one.
Back-to-back holes in one! Seamus Power taps into Irish luck at the Par 3 Contest. #themasters pic.twitter.com/dfO5T7yOsJ
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 5, 2023
They were on holes 8 and 9, and sent shockwaves around Augusta National.
Unbelievable. What are the odds? Gwan @Power4Seamus
— colm hussey (@Rollover74) April 5, 2023
I feel like you got a better chance of dying in a plane crash twice than this happening
— Miami Jack MacElroy (@JackMacElroy) April 5, 2023
This North Korea joke was pretty good, too.
Kim Jong-Il is the only other golfer in history to record consecutive hole in ones!
— Ed Stones (@ed_stones) April 5, 2023
As for the winner of the event, Tom Hoge won with a -6 score on the nine-hole, 1035 course. Hoge had a hole-in-one himself on the 8th hole.
Tom Hoge getting in on the action! pic.twitter.com/So5gzCTOaz
— Fore Play (@ForePlayPod) April 5, 2023
There is some bad news for Hoge. No player has won the Masters Par 3 Contest and the tournament in the same year.