Has a Par-3 Contest Champ Ever Won The Masters?

The question of whether a Masters Par-3 Contest winner has also won The Masters Tournament itself can be answered in two different ways: yes, and no. Because it depends on what exactly you mean when asking the question.

Have any golfers won both The Masters and the Par-3 Contest the precedes each Masters Tournament? Yes. But has any golfer ever won both the Par-3 Contest and The Masters itself in the same year? The answer to that question is no.

Golfers Who've Won Both The Masters and Par-3 Contest

So far in the tournament's history, 11 golfers who won The Masters Tournament have also won the Par-3 Contest. Those golfers are:
  • Sam Snead: Won The Masters in 1949, 1952 and 1954; won the Par-3 Contest in 1960, 1974
  • Art Wall Jr.: Won The Masters in 1959; won the Par-3 Contest in 1965
  • Arnold Palmer: Won The Masters in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964; won the Par-3 Contest in 1967
  • Gay Brewer: Won The Masters in 1967; won the Par-3 Contest in 1973
  • Tom Watson: Won The Masters in 1977 and 1981; won the Par-3 Contest in 1982 and 2018
  • Tommy Aaron: Won The Masters in 1973; won the Par-3 Contest in 1984
  • Ben Crenshaw: Won The Masters in 1984 and 1995; won the Par-3 Contest in 1987
  • Raymond Floyd: Won The Masters in 1976; won the Par-3 Contest in 1990
  • Vijay Singh: Won The Masters in 2000; won the Par-3 Contest in 1994
  • Sandy Lyle: Won The Masters in 1988; won the Par-3 Contest in 1997 and 1998
  • Mark O'Meara: Won The Masters in 1998; won the Par-3 Contest in 2007
Among these golfers, all won The Masters before winning a Par-3 Contest with the exception of Vijay Singh, who won the Par-3 Contest first and then followed with a Masters victory.

Who Came Closest to Winning the Par-3 Contest and Masters in the Same Year?

Two golfers came very close to pulling off this elusive double. There are two golfers who won the Par-3 Contest and then went on to finish second in The Masters in the same year.

In 1990, Raymond Floyd won the Par-3 Contest and then tied for the 72-hole lead with Nick Faldo in the 1990 Masters. But Faldo won that Masters in a sudden death playoff with a par on the second hole, leaving Floyd the runner-up.

In 1993, Chip Beck won the Par-3 Contest, then finished runner-up by four strokes to Bernhard Langer in the 1993 Masters.

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