The Masters Par 3 Contest is all about good fun. We get treated to legendary golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, and the overall atmosphere of the event is positive. It almost acts as a calm before the storm. Come Thursday morning, it’s time to get down to business.
This year’s event was won by Ryan Moore. The 31-year old shot (-6) to capture his first Masters-related title.
Here’s a look at the top of the final leaderboard:
1. Ryan Moore (-6)
2. Kevin Stadler (-4)
2. Fuzzy Zoeller (-4)
4. Bernhard Langer (-3)
4. Joost Luiten (-3)
4. Victor Dubuisson (-3)
As you can see, there aren’t any favored golfers for this weekend’s main event at the top of that list.
Maybe that’s by design? No par 3 contest winner has ever won the actual Masters tournament. So given that reality, what are Moore’s chances of making history this weekend at Augusta?
To be frank, they’re slim and none. Moore has three PGA tour wins and a 13th place finish at the 2005 Masters on his record. His career best finish in a major came in 2006 when he placed ninth at the PGA. His last top 10 major finish came in 2009.
So as you can see, there’s really no evidence or momentum to suggest that Moore is a real threat to put on the green jacket this Sunday. But as always in the world of sports — never say never. You never know when a golfer is going to have that magic weekend and put on a career showing. However, if you’re a betting man, you may want to pass on Moore.