It's live on TV and it'll make for a pleasant aperitif before the main event and Steve Rawlings, aka The Punter, might even have found a wager! Read his thoughts on Wednesday's Par Three Contest here...
"Harrington has now won this three times in ten years and he’s just the sort of character to dismiss the hoodoo as poppycock. I can see him being quite keen to make it four wins in 11 years and he might just be worth a speculative fun bet."
The year's first major is still an agonising couple of days away but for those of us that simply can't wait for the US Masters to kick off on Thursday; Wednesday's Par Three Contest should provide some entertainment and maybe even a winning wager...
The event will be screened live on Sky Sports for just the third time and it will make for a pleasant aperitif before the main event itself. Staged at the visually stunning nine-hole par-27 course which winds its way over DeSoto Springs Pond and Ike's Pond it will make for pleasant viewing but if you are having a bet, don't go mad! To say it's a relaxed affair is a sizable understatement, kids caddy for their dads and often even play their shots.
First staged in 1960, it's a perfect fun competition to take the stress out of the build-up for the year's first major. Incredibly, no winner of the Par Three Contest has ever gone on to win the main event in the same year, another reason for competitors to take it very easy.
Clues are thin on the ground to say the least but there have been a few multiple winners and that's just about the only angle in that I can see.
Sandy Lyle and David Toms have both won the event a couple of times and Padraig Harrington, when sharing the title with Jonathan Byrd twelve months ago, was winning it for a third time. A pin applied to this list of past winners could well be the best, and maybe the only, way to go but a wager on Pod might not be a bad plan.
Harrington has now won this three times in ten years and he's just the sort of character to dismiss the hoodoo as poppycock. I can see him being quite keen to make it four wins in 11 years and he might just be worth a speculative fun bet.
Back Padraig Harrington to win
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