Masters 2016: NINE hole-in-ones at Augusta

Updated 0814 GMT (1614 HKT) April 8, 2016
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Legendary South African golfer Gary Player was one of nine players to card holes-in-one during the annual Par 3 Contest at Augusta, the traditional curtain-raiser for the Masters. Nine-time major winner Player sunk his ace on the seventh hole, and celebrated accordingly. David Cannon/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
U.S. golfer Justin Thomas (C) celebrates with Rickie Fowler after shooting a hole-in-one at the fourth... DON EMMERT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
...and Fowler immediately followed. The 27-year-old -- one of the favorites for this year's Masters which begins on Thursday -- ensured "back-to-back" holes-in-one by matching his compatriot's effort. DON EMMERT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The 2015 Open champion Zach Johnson shot what was the third hole-in-one of the day on the seventh hole. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Eventual winner Jimmy Walker got in on the act at the second hole on his way to going round in a record 19 shots. No winner of the Par 3 Contest has ever gone on to win the Masters. Harry How/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Englishman Andy Sullivan gets a warm Argentinian embrace from Emiliano Grillo after hitting a hole-in-one on the fourth hole. Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Webb Simpson of the United States celebrates with his caddie and the crowd after making a hole-in-one at the ninth. However, playing partner Bubba Watson looked far from impressed, perhaps the pair a hefty wager riding on the event? Harry How/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
American Smylie Kaufman, a Masters debutant, had more luck in the Par 3 Contest than he did in his practice round. He found the hole -- not a bunker --at the eighth. DON EMMERT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Sweden's David Lingmerth aced the seventh. Harry How/Getty Images North America/Getty Images