Tim Clark loses the Masters

As this post's title suggests, Tim Clark, a former runner-up at the Masters, has jinxed himself by winning the storied Wednesday Par 3 Contest. 

Clark dominated the field, which included many of the tournament's potential champions, after a round of five under par. Of course, Clark's most memorable shot was his hole-in-one, which allowed him to finish two strokes better than Jose Maria Olazabal and amateur Jack Newman. 

For those of you who watched the ESPN broadcast of the event, the most important group of the day was that of the "Big Three": Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. The commentators reminded us many times that Nicklaus was, somewhat surprisingly, in contention to win the event, finishing at two under par. Player, playing in his final Masters, put his tee shot on the ninth and final hole into the water. However, the South African managed to sink his shot from the tee box to make an interesting par. 

Though Augusta National's par three course is certainly different than the one the players will attack tomorrow, many commented that the greens often played just as fast as those on the real course. 
If that is the case, several players may run into some trouble during the tournament. 

Jeev Milkha Singh, who will play under terrible pressure with Tiger Woods tomorrow, finished at two over par. Traditionally, playing with the world's greatest player and his crowds does not help one overcome the stress of playing in golf's greatest championship. 

The 17 year old Ryo Ishikawa also struggled, shooting a nine over par round of 36. Ishikawa is the second youngest player ever to tee it up at the Masters. 

Nevertheless, ESPN's choice to broadcast the event was much appreciated. If they would just tape the practice rounds, I might be satisfied with the coverage of the Masters. 

Hopefully, Clark will be able to shake off this victory to win the main event. As Rory Sabbatini, last year's par 3 champion, claimed, someone will do it eventually. 

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