Players, 'caddies' excited for Par 3 Contest


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Wednesday’s annual Par 3 Contest is among the week’s best traditions at the Masters, and not just for the players.

Among some of the highlights of the nine-hole event will be Louis Oosthuizen who will have his two daughter’s, 2-year-old Sophia and 4-year-old Jana, on the bag.

The most difficult part for Oosthuizen was having Ping build two size-appropriate putters for his daughter’s to use.

Harris English, who is playing in his first Masters, planned to have his father on the bag for the Par 3, but his dad came down with a bout of food poisoning on Tuesday and will be replaced by English’s mother.

“He’s bummed. He was so excited,” English said.

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Jason Day, an early favorite at this year’s event, plans to have his wife, Ellie and son, 1 ½-year-old Dash, on the bag; while Keegan Bradley went a slightly different route, bringing in Mike Dunphy to caddie. Dunphy is a long-time rep for Cleveland Golf and recruited Bradley to play the company’s equipment when he turned pro.

The most interesting addition to the field, however, may be Dave Stockton Sr., who won the Par 3 in 1971, who plans to play the event after skipping last year’s contest.

“I hit 25 balls yesterday, so I’m peaking at the right time. I’m ready,” he smiled.