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Louis Oosthuizen wins Par 3 Contest, Arnie steals the show

Shane Bacon
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As you've heard a million times already, no player has ever won the Masters Par 3 Contest and went on to win the actual tournament. It's never happened. Ever.

So, when Louis Oosthuizen claimed the victory on Wednesday with a 6-under 21, one shot off the course record, he was immediately written off. The thing is, the Par 3 Contest is all for fun, with most players bringing in parents or kids to help carry the bag and have some fun.

Unlike any other sporting event, it's a beautiful calm before the storm, giving players a chance to actually loosen up the day before the first major of the year.

This year, two players, Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk, made aces, both on the 9th hole, but the show was stolen by none other than 80-year-old Arnold Palmer, four-time winner of the Masters and honorary first tee driver come Thursday morning.

Paired with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, Arnie captivated the crowd on the first tee, missing the green and asking for a mulligan. The crowd cheered his second shot on, and off he went. It was on the 9th green, however, that makes this event, and golf in general, the best sport in the world.

Standing over a lengthy birdie putt from the back of a two-tiered green, Palmer hit the putt, stood over and waited as it dipped and wavered the, oh, 50-feet to the hole, catching the left lip, dropping in and giving the Par-3 Contest a Sunday-like roar.

The big tournament starts on Thursday, but some great moments have already been had. The Par 3 gave us another great showing. Now who is ready for some Masters?

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