Toms Wins Par-3 Contest


History says you can scratch David Toms off the list of potential 2001 Masters winners. Forty-one times theyve held the Par-3 contest the Wednesday prior to the Masters; and 41 times the par-3 winner has failed to capture the green jacket in the same year.
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This Wednesday, Toms earned the dubious distinction of Par-3 champion. Playing in his fourth consecutive Masters Tournament, Toms carded a 5-under-par 22 to win the annual competition, which is contested on a nine-hole, par-27, 1,060-yard course adjacent to Augusta National.
Toms is no stranger to the success in Augusta, Ga. In his first Masters appearance in 1998, Toms fired a final-round 8-under-par 64 to finish in a tie for sixth. The 64 was one stroke shy of the tournament 18-hole record. His back-nine 29 tied a Masters record, as did his six consecutive birdies on holes 12-17.
Toms was one of four players to record a hole-in-one, doing so at the 3rd. The four holes-in-one tie a contest record (1996, 97). Darren Clarke aced the 2nd, while Scott Verplank and Chris Perry each did the same on the 9th.
Perry won the Par-3 event last year; and true to history finished the tournament in a tie for 14th.
Just because you win the Par-3 contest doesnt mean you want ever win the 72-hole event. Twelve players have won both. Last year, Vijay Singh was crowned Masters champion, six years after he won the Par-3 contest.
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