Tim Clark wins Par Three jinx
Greg Norman produced an an ace, but South African Tim Clark will carry the par three jinx into this year’s Masters.
Greg Norman holed-in-one with wife Chris Evert as his caddie, but it is South African Tim Clark who who will be carrying the Par Three jinx into this year’s Masters.
While Norman aced the 140-yard sixth, Clark, the runner-up to Phil Mickelson in the main event three years ago, repeated the feat when he sank his tee shot at the 135-yard ninth to complete a five under par 22 and win by two from Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal and American amateur Jack Newman.
The most memorable shot of the day, though, was fired by Vijay Singh.
The big Fiji skipped his tee shot across the water, one, two, three times, before it hit the bank and rolled15 feet into the back of the cup for one of the most unlikely holes-in-one anyone had ever seen.
There was no reward though for him. Augusta only givdes their large crystal bowl to golfers who hit aces in the Masters proper.
The Par Three is purely a fun day for playing along with a child, wife, father, brother or whoever.
But it’s a weird fact that no winner of this annual pre-Masters fun event played on the short ourse adjoining the main Augusta National lay-out has ever gone on to win the tournament proper four days later.
American John Merrick aced the 70-yard second, while Sandy Lyle and Ian Poulter both won nearest-the-pin prizes.
Gary Player, who plays his record 52nd and final Masters this year, was joined by fellow greats Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer for the competition.
Player holed his last tee shot just like Clark, but it was his second attempt over the water.
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