Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

The Masters: Ryan Moore wins Augusta Par 3 Contest

April 9, 2014 -- Updated 2220 GMT (0620 HKT)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is one of the favorites to win this year's tournament. His tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki was on hand to carry his clubs at Augusta. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is one of the favorites to win this year's tournament. His tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki was on hand to carry his clubs at Augusta.
HIDE CAPTION
Hot pink
Webb's world
Family time
Handle with care
Sign up
Hard Day
Little fella
In the action
Big smiles
Mum and son
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ryan Moore wins Par 3 contest at Augusta
  • Moore shot a six-under 21 to win Wednesday
  • Nobody who has won competition has gone on to win at Augusta
  • Masters hopefuls enjoy time with families ahead of opening day

Follow us at @WorldSportCNN and like us on Facebook

(CNN) -- It is a well known fact in golf -- nobody who wins the Par 3 contest at Augusta goes on to win the Masters in the same week.

Ryan Moore will be the latest man who trying to avoid the curse after carding a six-under 21 to win the competition Wednesday.

U.S. star Moore, whose best finish at Augusta came in 2005 in 13th, finished two shots clear at the top of the leaderboard.

Golfers upset over Paulina Gretzky cover
Secret behind the 'Bubba Long'
Building Augusta's iconic brand

"I'm not afraid of it," he told reporters after being asked about the curse.

"You never know, someone has got to break that curse at some point in time, so hopefully it's me.

"It was fun having my boy out there and playing a round with a couple of friends. That's what it's for, to kind of make you relax a little bit and just go and enjoy yourself the afternoon before."

The idea for the Par 3 Contest was the brainchild of Clifford Roberts, a former chairman and co-founder of Augusta.

Sam Snead won the first competition in 1960 and it has since become an integral part of the lead up to the Masters.

Players invited their wives, girlfriends, mothers and children to caddy for them Wednesday as traditions were maintained.

Rory McIlroy, who is one of the favorites for the title, allowed tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki to carry his bags for the day.

Elsewhere, several babies were seen on greens as crowds flocked to see Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer in action.

The real action begins Thursday at 7.45am local time with Stuart Cink of the U.S. getting proceedings underway alongside South Africa's Tim Clark.

Defending champion Adam Scott goes out in the 16th group with Jason Dufner and English amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick.

McIlroy, who is aiming for a third major, goes out next with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
December 18, 2014 -- Updated 1547 GMT (2347 HKT)
If golf has a reputation for being a bit stuffy, then the Bryan brothers and their trick shots are a much-needed blast of fresh air.
December 11, 2014 -- Updated 1318 GMT (2118 HKT)
Not many people make the leap from teenage market trader to golf pro and fashion entrepreneur, but that's just what Ian Poulter has done.
November 12, 2014 -- Updated 1129 GMT (1929 HKT)
"Sleep, as far as mental and physical recovery goes, has never been more important ..." says sport sleep coach Nick Littlehales.
November 4, 2014 -- Updated 1024 GMT (1824 HKT)
Joe Miller is devouring his second steak of the day and the clock has barely nudged 2pm. You need lots of fuel to smash a drive 474 yards.
October 13, 2014 -- Updated 1449 GMT (2249 HKT)
There have been many dark days for Oliver Wilson, but golf's unluckiest loser is finally riding an upward swing of his career roller coaster.
October 7, 2014 -- Updated 1648 GMT (0048 HKT)
They dress like it's the 1930s and they swing antique equipment that eschews cutting-edge technology -- this is hickory golf.
September 15, 2014 -- Updated 1609 GMT (0009 HKT)
CNN's Living Golf focuses on women's golf, charting the growth of the sport from royal pastime to multi-million dollar machine.
October 1, 2014 -- Updated 0846 GMT (1646 HKT)
"I don't know how to paint happy," says golf's poster girl Michelle Wie. "I think it releases a lot of the darker feelings in me."
September 29, 2014 -- Updated 1213 GMT (2013 HKT)
Phil Mickelson of the United States talks during a press conference after the United States were defeated by Europe after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.
If you're a U.S. golf fan, or Tom Watson, look away now.
September 25, 2014 -- Updated 2318 GMT (0718 HKT)
A ban on uploading social media pictures from the course at Gleneagles was dropped for the Ryder Cup.
September 24, 2014 -- Updated 1052 GMT (1852 HKT)
A spot of shopping, the odd spa day and some serious flag waving. Welcome to the life of a Ryder Cup WAG.
September 23, 2014 -- Updated 1301 GMT (2101 HKT)
Tom Watson has learned plenty in the 21 years since he was last U.S. Ryder Cup captain, but social media is proving to be problematic.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 1243 GMT (2043 HKT)
Patriotism will reach fever pitch when the USA and Europe collide in golf's Ryder Cup ... and it looks like Rickie Fowler has let it go to his head.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 1342 GMT (2142 HKT)
Pressure is inescapable in the cauldron of Ryder Cup competition -- pressure and ping pong.
September 23, 2014 -- Updated 1150 GMT (1950 HKT)
Millions of golf fans were watching on television with great anticipation. All Martin Kaymer could think about was getting his phone out.
ADVERTISEMENT