Why There Is No Masters Par 3 Contest This Year

This year's Masters Par 3 Contest will not be going ahead due to Covid-19 and the lack of patrons

No Masters Par 3 Contest
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This year's Masters Par 3 Contest will not be going ahead due to Covid-19 and the lack of patrons

Why There Is No Masters Par 3 Contest This Year

This year's Masters Tournament will be like no other seen before due to Covid-19 with no patrons, a November date and no Par 3 Contest either.

The usual Wednesday Par 3 Contest is a staple of fans' Masters viewing but the club has confirmed that it will not be going ahead this year.

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“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,” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said.

“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.”

The club also announced the viewing schedule and, as expected, a two-tee start will be in place for the first two days due to the lack of daylight hours in November.

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Coverage will begin at 1pm US Eastern Time (6pm UK time) and run until 5.30pm ET (10.30pm UK time) for the opening two days.

On Saturday it will begin at 1pm ET (6pm UK) and run until 5pm ET (10pm UK), and the final round will be live from 10am ET (3pm UK) until 3pm ET (8pm UK).

Augusta National says that the global television audience "will experience new and enhanced views of the unique November Tournament, as Augusta National has worked with CBS Sports to showcase distinctive angles and shots from around the course."

It was also confirmed that Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will once again be Honorary Starters ahead of the opening round.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV