Band Steve Keating
AUGUSTA Ga., April 6 (Reuters) – Canadians Mike Weir and Mackenzie Hughes will face the curse of the Masters Par Three contest after being declared co-winners of the fun main event tune-up on Wednesday.
While the Par Three is a stress-free family day for golfers before taking on the pressure cooker of the Masters on Thursday for those who believe in superstition, victory comes with a bad omen – which means the result n It didn’t bode well for the two Canadians or their fans.
Since becoming part of the preparation for the tournament in 1960, no winner has won the Masters in the same year.
Neither of the Canadians, who both had four-under scores, were concerned about the dark history, especially Weir who already has a green jacket since winning in 2003.
“No,” Weir replied flatly when asked if he believed in a curse. “I like Mark’s (O’Meara) line. He said he already had the green jacket.
“You go out and you want to hit good shots and feel good and leave a good taste in your mouth.”
For Hughes playing the Par Three, which had not taken place the previous two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was finally an opportunity to share a Masters moment with his wife and two young children dressed of the traditional white Augusta National caddy dungarees.
“Today is a very special day for me,” Hughes said. “This is my third Masters and my first Par Three contest.
“I was really excited to come here and do this. Very lucky the weather held us up.”
Over the years, the Par Three has evolved into something of a “bring your kids to work day” for golfers, as children or grandchildren are enlisted in the caddy service, allowing them to shoot occasionally.
Plenty of kids wielding putters twice their size provided an overdose of cuteness to the thousands of spectators packed into a cozy corner of Augusta National.
Bad weather forced an evacuation from the course before fans were allowed back in, enjoying the fun until the event was halted by more bad weather, leaving Weir and Hughes to claim the trophy.
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Augusta. Editing by Toby Davis)
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