Palmer, Nicklaus, Player headline Par 3 Contest


AUGUSTA, Ga. – The groupings are out for Wednesday’s Par 3 Contest with the standard groups – including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player who will tee off at 3:02 p.m. ET.

Defending champion Bubba Watson will play with Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk at 12:07, while last year’s runner-up Louis Oosthuizen will play with 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel and fellow South African George Coetzee at noon.

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One surprise on the tee sheet was Davis Love III, who has been sidelined since neck surgery in February. According to his manager with Crown Sports, Love had been considering a soft return to competition at this week’s Par 3 Contest, but wanted to wait a few more weeks to regain his strength following surgery. He will not be playing alongside Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd, at 12:35 p.m.

Love was also considering playing next week’s RBC Heritage, but will likely delay his return until the Wells Fargo Championship in early March.

It was not a surprise, however, that Tiger Woods again did not sign up to play the Par 3 Contest.