Masters Par 3 Tournament 2013: Live Stream and TV Schedule for Unique Tradition

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 10, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Expect plenty of laughs and jaw-dropping shots at the 2013 Masters Par 3 Contest on Wednesday afternoon in Augusta.

Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy will lead a field of competitors into the annual pre-tournament event which never fails to entertain. A now 53-year-old tradition, the Par 3 Contest features players past and present who play nine holes ranging from 70 to 140 yards in length.

As pointed out by, this unique tradition is rarely taken seriously, as many golfers opt for a casual walk around the course, occasionally attempting a wild shot or letting their caddie do it for them.

Keep in mind that no winner of the Par 3 Contest has ever gone on to win the Masters.


Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Coverage: 3 p.m. through 5 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream:


Will Rory McIlroy Pick Up an Early Win?

With the help of girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, the 10th-ranked female tennis player in the world, Rory McIlroy will look to enjoy the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday. He's certainly the biggest name taking part in the event. 

McIlroy is also finally playing some solid golf this season, coming off a second-place finish at the Valero Texas Open this past weekend in San Antonio.

Since his debacle at the Honda Classic last month, McIlroy has recorded two top-10 finishes and has recovered nicely on the PGA money list, moving up to 27th heading into the season's first major event.

History certainly hasn't been kind to past Par 3 Contest winners, so McIlroy won't need any added incentive to goof around and let Wozniacki take a few swings at Augusta on Wednesday.


Expect the Unexpected

According to, there have been 75 holes-in-one recorded at the Par 3 Contest over the years. That said, golf fans can expect to see some improbable shots on Wednesday.

With golfers using this no-pressure event as an opportunity to take some risks and show off their game, you can expect to see plenty of shots you wouldn't otherwise witness over the course of an ordinary tournament.

There will be wives, girlfriends, plenty of children and perhaps even celebrities taking part in Wednesday's event, which makes it hands-down the most informal and easygoing events on the golf calendar. 


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