Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Ted Potter, Jr. emerged from a five-way tie
atop the leaderboard to win the Par 3 contest at Augusta National on
Potter, three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Nick Watney and
Matt Kuchar each shot a 4-under 23 to grab a share of the lead.
After Els and Watney were eliminated at the first playoff hole, Potter
outlasted Mickelson and Kuchar in the second to take the traditional event.
It was the 19th playoff in the history of the contest.
Potter, who is making his first appearance at the Masters, will now try to
become the first person to accomplish the daunting task of winning the Par 3
contest and the Masters in the same year.
Watney closed with a hole-in-one at the ninth hole to join the others atop the
leaderboard. It was the 76th ace all time at this event. Ben Crenshaw later
followed with a hole-in-one at the seventh.
Three-time Par 3 champion Padraig Harrington and Jerry Pate tied for sixth
place a shot behind the leaders.
Bo Van Pelt was at 5-under with a hole to play, but had his caddy take his
short putt attempt at the ninth to result in him posting a no-score and avoid
the outright win.
Several other players joined Van Pelt in having their caddies -- often
consisting of a child, spouse or other family member -- take a putt or chip
for them to officially post a no-score.
The field included tournament participants, non-competing past champions and
The Masters officially gets underway at 8:00 a.m. (et) Thursday when Sandy
Lyle, John Peterson and Nathan Smith tee off.
Defending champion Bubba Watson will start his opening round alongside Ian
Poulter and U.S. Amateur champ Steven Fox at 10:34 a.m., while Tiger Woods
will start his pursuit of his fifth green jacket at 10:45 a.m.
Woods will be joined by Luke Donald and Scott Piercy.
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