2016 US Masters already a record breaker with nine aces in the par 3 contest

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IT MIGHT be an omen of things to come but the records, and aces, were falling everywhere during the traditional par 3 contest at Augusta National.

A record nine aces were holed in the mostly for fun event that is comprised of Masters competitors, past champions and honorary invitees.

Jason Day had his three year old son Dash (pictured) as his caddie and didn’t manage to grace the upper leaderboard or add to his hole in one tally.

That’s probably just as well as nobody in the 57 year history of the event has won the par 3 and gone on to wear the Green Jacket.

The dubious distinction went to Amercia’s Jimmy Walker, who carded an amazing eight under par 19 in the nine hole event to break the record of 20 previously held by Art Wall (1965) and Gay Brewer (1973).

Walker’s round included an ace on the second hole and six birdies, and he was hoping the fine touch would help him break the winners’ curse.

I think we’ll do it,” Walker said. “I’ve been playing pretty well. … I’ve been feeling good. And I feel good coming into this week.”

Eighty year old Gary Player certainly stirred the large crowd when he aced the seventh for a record fourth hole-in-one of his Masters career. That beat another benchmark, bettering Jack Nicklaus as the previous oldest player to achieve the feat.

Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler also put in a memorable display, with successive holes in one on the fourth hole.

Andy Sullivan, Zach Johnson, David Lingmerth, Smylie Kaufman and Webb Simpson were the other golfers notching aces. The previous tournament record was five.

Video of all 9 Masters aces

 

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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