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Louis Oosthuizen wins par-3 Contest at Augusta

THE MASTERS
Venue: Augusta National Date: 8-11 April
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A toddler tries out the par three course at Augusta

Par 3 Contest highlights

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen won the traditional pre-Masters Par 3 Contest at Augusta, which Tiger Woods skipped.

No player who has ever won the event on Wednesday has gone on to win on Sunday.

World number one Woods, favourite for the Masters despite his long lay-off from golf, has not played the Par 3 since partnering Arnold Palmer in 2004.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and Jim Furyk of the United States each achieved hole-in-ones, while some pros allowed their children to take shots.

Oosthuizen, who won in Spain two weeks ago to grab his Masters spot, became the third successive South African winner of the Par 3 Contest.

After Rory Sabbatini and Tim Clark took the nine-hole event with five- under-par 22s in 2008 and 2009 respectively, Oosthuizen went one better and was only one shot outside the all-time record.

He finished two ahead of 16-year-old Italian sensation Matteo Manassero, Korean KJ Choi - who partners Woods on Thursday - and Americans David Duval and Jerry Pate.



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