Canadian Duo Win Weather-Shortened Masters Par-3 Contest

The pair set the clubhouse target that was good enough to win the Par-3 contest as thunderstorms halted play

Canadian Duo Win Weather-Shortened Masters Par-3 Contest
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Former Masters champion Mike Weir and fellow Canadian Mackenzie Hughes have won the fun-filled Masters Par-3 contest that was shortened due to inclement weather.

It's the first time the pre-tournament tradition has been honoured since 2019 due to Covid-19 restrictions, and the Canadian duo's score of four-under 23 over the famous par-27 layout at Augusta National was good enough for victory.

A shot further back in a tie for third was the trio of Larry Mize, Kevin Na and Cameron Davis, with a host of players - including the likes of Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka - still on the course when play was suspended for the day. It is just the third time since the inaugural edition in 1960 that duel winners have been crowned as a result of bad weather.

"It's fun, this is a very special day for me," Hughes said. "This is my third Masters and my first Par-3 contest. I was really excited to get out here and do this. Very lucky that the weather held off for us. It was a special day. To have a family day like this before one of the biggest tournaments of the year is pretty cool.

"It was everything [I hoped it would be] and more. Yeah, can't wait for next year."

The only hole-in-one of the day belonged to Jason Kokrak, whose special moment came at the fourth and marked the 101st ace of the contest since its inception more than 50 years ago.

Elsewhere, Bernhard Langer posted a two-under 25, while McIlroy managed just one hole, chipping in for birdie to get off to the perfect start in front of daughter Poppy. Other highlights included Louis Oosthuizen draining an incredible putt and a patron throwing the ball of Sam Burns out of the galleries and nearly into the hole - although it did have to be replaced under the rules.

The fun-filled preamble to the tournament proper gives players a chance to get their families involved and enjoy some stress-free preparation ahead of the opening round. Former World No. 1 Jon Rahm admitted he was "glad we have it back" as he set his sights on some Augusta National crystal alongside wife Kelley and young son Kepa.

"I'm just trying to make a hole-in-one," he added. "I'm trying to get the hardware. Some of those crystals we get are really fun, some of the glasses. I've been able to hit it closest to the pin once before on one of the Par 3 events. I'm hoping to get it back.

"I had Kelley putting. We break so many rules. I don't know if in good conscience I can put that score in there."

Nobody has ever won the Par-3 contest and slipped on the green jacket in the same year.

Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1