Harrington wins golf’s least coveted prize

Updated: April 5, 2012

Pádraig Harrington has for the third time in ten years won the eve-of-Masters Par 3 event at Augusta National.

Winning the tournament is very much a poisoned chalice however as no winner of the Par 3 event has ever gone on to win the Masters itself in the 54 year history of the shortened course event.

The Dubliner became the first man to win the fun tournament for a third time, but, had to share the victory as the event was cut short due to a thunderstorm.

“This is my 13th time playing it and the least amount of wind, so the scoring was on,” Harrington said. “The whole thing is memorable. I didn’t hit anything stone dead or anything like that.”

The par three tournament is open to any major champions, some of whom will not be participating in the 2012 Masters itself.

Television commentators Sir Nick Faldo, Johnny Miller and Ian Baker-Finch also took part, as did Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

That illustrious trio had another function to carry out, hitting ceremonial drives off the first tee in their roles as honorary starters.

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