Nine holes-in-one set record for Masters par-three contest


Putters were given the day off at Augusta on Wednesday thanks to a record nine holes-in-one during the Masters par-three contest.

That is not exactly a rarity for the event, the annual prelude to the Masters that showcases a more lighthearted side of golf, mingling competitors past and present with their families for photo opportunities and, usually, plenty of aces.

But the holes-in-one came especially early and often, nearly doubling the event's previous record of five.

Jimmy Walker, who shot a record eight-under 19 to earn the win, got his on the 70-yard second hole of the miniature nine-hole course.

Since the par-three contest's inception in 1960, golfers combined to shoot 80 holes-in-one, averaging about 1.4 aces per round.

Webb Simpson carded the first of the day, and Smylie Kaufman had the ninth.

Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler were also among those with a hole-in-one, with the latter pair producing theirs on the same hole.

Also with a hole-in-one was 80-year-old Gary Player, who became the oldest player to card an ace in the history of the event.

Walker, ranked 25th in the world, finished three strokes better than Keegan Bradley and retired pro Craig Stadler, who tied for second at five under.

But Walker's victory in the par-three tournament may not be the best omen for the event.

No player has gone on to earn a green jacket after winning the contest in its 54-year history.