Nine holes-in-one in Masters Par 3

Gary Player celebrates his hole-in-one

Gary Player won the Masters in 1961, 1974 and 1978

Gary Player was one of a record nine players to shoot a hole-in-one during the Par 3 Contest – the annual pre-Masters competition at Augusta.

The 80-year-old nine-time major winner holed out on the seventh to claim the 31st ace of his illustrious career.

English debutant Andy Sullivan and Americans Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson were among the others to shoot a hole-in-one.

Jimmy Walker, who won with a record eight-under 19, also carded an ace.

Sweden’s David Lingmerth, Smylie Kaufman and fellow American Justin Thomas did likewise, the latter on the same hole as playing partner Fowler.

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Player, who now holds the record for holes-in-one in the event with four, was grouped with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson for Wednesday’s event.

The Par 3 contest is played over holes ranging from 70 to 140 yards in the north-east corner of the Augusta National Grounds.

It is a nine-hole event and no winner in its 55-year history has won the Masters the same year.


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