Aces galore at Masters Par-3 Contest
By Stephanie Wei under Amateur Golf

It was an eventful afternoon Wednesday before the first round of the Masters. The annual Par-3 Contest presented the usual great photo opportunities with players having fun with their friends and family, and apparently, many aces — a record nine hole-in-ones were made this year (see list below).

Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas, who were playing together, along with defending champion Jordan Spieth, recorded consecutive aces on no. 4. Crazy stuff, right?!?

Thomas hit first.


Immediately after, Fowler nailed his to take a little bit of Thomas’ thunder yet also made the atmosphere even more exciting:

Both hit pitching wedge. Funny enough, Spieth felt like the hack of the group, knocking his to only eight feet.

“It was awesome,” said Thomas. “I don’t know if it’s ever been done, back‑to‑back shots like that. But to play with two good buddies and make a hole‑in‑one and to have my mom on the bag in my first Masters, it’s a bucket list kind of thing. It was so cool. And Rickie to do it on top of it, it was pretty funny for Jordan. Today was just so much fun.”

Added Fowler: “[It was] pretty cool. Something that we’ll remember forever, that’s for sure.”

Meanwhile, Jimmy Walker shot a record eight-under par 19 to win the Par 3 Contest — which unfortunately means he’s inherited the dreaded curse (no player has gone on to win a green jacket after a victory at the Par 3). The previous low score was 20, which was recorded by Art Wall in 1965 and Gay Brewer in 1973.

Here’s a list of all the closest to the hole winners, including the nine hole-in-ones: