Welcome to television: Masters Par 3 Contest

While the Masters has long been a media focus within and outside of the realm of golf, ESPN has made an attempt to capture the magic of an untapped event: the Masters' annual Par 3 competition. On Wednesday, ESPN will provide footage of the event beginning at 3:00 PM (EST).

The event, which features uncharacteristic silliness at Augusta National, has provided some debate between players since its inception at the 1960 Masters. For one, Tiger Woods (Left) has stated, "It's changed over the years. It used to be, I thought it was a lot of fun to play. But now it is a little bit distracting to get ready and be ready for the tournament."

On the other hand, many top golfers see the event as an effective way to calm frayed nerves before the Masters (unlike Woods, who will not play in the event). 2007 Open Champion Padraig Harrington stated, "Even though there is a lot going on, you have to get into your focus over each shot, and it gives you a little bit of practice on your wedge play and the pace of the greens and holing out your 4-footers," he said. "I wouldn't want to miss it."

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