BREAKING: Augusta National Cancels Masters Par-3 Contest
In a somewhat expected move, Augusta National has canceled its famous par-3 contest.
The par-3 contest is typically held on the Wednesday before The Masters begins and is filled with fun, family and patrons.
“The fun and excitement of watching Masters competitors with their friends and family is what makes the Par 3 Contest such a special part of Masters week. We know that experience could not have been replicated without guests and patrons at Augusta National, and we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bring back this signature tradition,” said Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley.
The Par-3 Contest started in 1960 and has been canceled just one previous time (2017), due to bad weather.
Besides the cancellation of the par-3 contest, Ridley also announced that players will be going off of both tees (1 and 10) due to the lack of daylight during the winter months.
This is normal for regular PGA Tour events, however, but not for the Masters.
In November, sun rises just before to 7 a.m. each day with sunset around 5:30 p.m., meaning there will not be enough time for all 96 players to go off the first tee.
One normal thing about this year’s Masters is that Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will still hit the honorary tee shots.
The Masters begins on November 12 on ESPN, before switching to CBS for the weekend.