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Moore wins Par-3 Contest

April 9, 2014 - 5:43 pm
By Chris Gay |

Ryan Moore will have to break the infamous curse if he's going to win the coveted green jacket this week.

Moore shot 6-under today to win the Par-3 Contest by two shots over Kevin Stadler and Fuzzy Zoeller. He will now try to do something no one else has done - win the Par-3 Contest and Masters Tournament in the same year. The jinx has been alive since 1960, the first playing of the annual Wednesday afternoon event.

"I'm not afraid of it," Moore said. "Someone has got to break that curse at some point in time, so hopefully it's me."

Moore, who's made the cut in each of his previous five Masters appearances, led at 5-under when his tee shot at No. 9 covered the flagstick, his ball spinning back just below the hole. He drained the short birdie attempt for a sizable lead.

Mark O'Meara, the 1998 Masters champion, aced the second hole, the first hole-in-one of the contest. Buddy Alexander, the 1986 U.S. Amateur winner, later aced No. 2.

Matt Jones added a third hole-in-one when he aced No. 3.