Masters Tracker: Par 3 Contest at Augusta National

Phil Mickelson kisses his wife Amy as his daughters look on after teeing off on the first hole during the Par 3 Contest before the Masters.

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In what acts as the final tune-up for the start of the 77th Masters on Thursday, the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday allowed players to bring girlfriends, wives, kids, parents or celebrities onto the course to caddie for a day.

The Par 3 Contest had a bit of extra intrigue this year with Rory McIlroy having superstar girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki caddie for him.

While McIlroy and Wozniacki combined for a 5-over 32 – Caroline chunked her only tee shot into the water at No. 9 – it was Ted Potter, Jr. who finished on top. He shared the lead with Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney and Ernie Els after regulation, but outlasted Kuchar on the second hole of a playoff for the victory.

Watney was one of two players to record an ace. The other was Ben Crenshaw.

We kept you up-to-date all day long, including tracking another legendary grouping of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

See how it all unfolded on a fun day at Augusta:

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Update No. 40: 6:10 p.m. EDT

Ted Potter, Jr. birdies the second playoff hole to defeat Matt Kuchar for the title after Phil Mickelson's par on the first hole drops him out of title contention.

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Update No. 39: 5:26 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar birdies No. 9 to make it a five-way tie for the lead at 4 under. Looks like it will be a playoff involving Kuchar, Ted Potter Jr., Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney and Ernie Els.

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Update No. 38: 5:16 p.m. EDT

Here's what some of the players – and their spouses – are saying about the Par-3 Contest:

Webb Simpson: "So fun on par-3 today with my Bride, Nick Watney and Jason Day!! Nick had a hole-in-one!!"

Heidi Watney (wife of Nick Watney): "Congrats cousin Nick on a great #Masters Par 3 tourney!!! Yes I taught him how to hit that hole in one ;) #Iwish #miniaturegolfmaybe"

Dustin Johnson: "What a beautiful day at Augusta with the family. @paulinagretzky #par3 http://instagram.com/p/X8DojCwbFU/"

Luke Donald: "It doesn't get much better - enjoying the Par 3 with my daughter by my side #WhatItsAllAbout #TheMasters http://moby.to/9oyejc"

Diane Donald (wife of Luke Donald): "Ellie had a great time caddying for her Daddy today at the Par 3 tournament! #Masters pic.twitter.com/5mhn7SzjWS"

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Update No. 37: 5:08 p.m. EDT

Team Rory double-bogeys the final hole as Caroline helps Rory wrap up an unofficial 5-over 32. McIlroy won't be happy with 5 over on Thursday, though.

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Update No. 36: 4:56 p.m. EDT

Caroline Wozniacki steps to the No. 9 tee in place of boyfriend Rory McIlroy and chunks her tee shot into the water. Rory still gives her a high-five, though.

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Update No. 35: 4:50 p.m. EDT

Ben Crenshaw just made the first ace of the day at No. 7. The two-time Masters champion is now at even par. It's the 15th hole-in-one at No. 7 in event history and the first since Fred Couples made one five years ago.

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Update No. 34: 4:42 p.m. EDT

Arnold Palmer hit his tee shot into the water at No. 9, and then hands the reins over to his caddie as he takes a seat along the edge of the green. He signs autographs for young fans and even signs a glove for a little girl. Gary Player was the only one of the three to card an official score, a 1-over 28.

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Update No. 33: 4:34 p.m. EDT

Let's rewind to Nick Watney's ace at No. 9 earlier. After watching his ball spin back into the cup, Watney chest bumped playing competitor Jason Day, high-fived Webb Simpson and then pretended to jump into the lake. Lots of cheers, as you can imagine, too.

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Update No. 32: 4:24 p.m. EDT

Does Bo Van Pelt believe in the Masters Par-3 Contest curse (no player has won the event and the Masters in the same year)? Van Pelt stuck his tee shot to about 8 feet at No. 9, but then let his sons attempt a putt each before Van Pelt knocked home the bogey putt to wrap up an unofficial 4-under 23.

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Update No. 31: 4:17 p.m. EDT

Ian Baker-Finch and Y.E. Yang both stuck their tee shots at No. 9 to within a foot. Yang went first, spinning his back to about a half a foot from the cup. Then Baker-Finch spun his just inside of Yang's ball.

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Update No. 30: 4:09 p.m. EDT

Ted Potter Jr. stuck his tee shot on No. 7 to 9.75 inches. That was the highlight of a 4-under 23 for Potter, who is currently T-2.

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Update No. 29: 4:06 p.m. EDT

Looks like we'll be seeing Caroline putt after all as Rory McIlroy is 1 over through five holes and doesn't look like he'll be contending for the Par-3 Contest title this year.

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Update No. 28: 3:59 p.m. EDT

Looks like Phil Mickelson's 23 has been added back to the list of scores that will count. There was a question about his scorecard and it was determined that he did indeed hit every shot himself. He's not in the lead, though, as Bo Van Pelt has moved to 5 under through seven holes.

Also, Russell Henley is 3 under through five holes. His brother, Adam, is looping for him.

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Update No. 27: 3:55 p.m. EDT

Par-3s have been kind to Bo Van Pelt at Augusta. Remember Van Pelt aced the 16th hole last year in Masters competition. Now he's 4 under through six holes at the Par-3 Contest.

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Update No. 26: 3:46 p.m. EDT

Arnold Palmer just misses the green at No. 5, but he puts his second to inches. He's still got a great short game and is 1 over through five holes. Meanwhile, Jack Nicklaus runs a 20-footer about 6 feet by and misses the par save to drop to 2 over. Player still leads this group at even par.

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Update No. 25: 3:39 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy isn't the only one signing autographs today. Girlfriend and caddie Carolina Wozniacki was also seen signing autographs for fans on the way to the third tee box. McIlroy is even through two holes, although if we're honest, we can't see Rory recording an official score today. You have to think Caroline, who once let Rory play a point during a match against Maria Sharapova (Rory won the point, by the way), will putt at No. 9.

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Update No. 24: 3:37 p.m. EDT

He's still got it! Arnold Palmer gets up-and-down from the greenside bunker at No. 4 to save par. Meanwhile, Jack Nicklaus makes par after leaving a 25-footer from the fringe well short. "That was a beauty," Nicklaus said.

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Update No. 23: 3:34 p.m. EDT

Tom Watson, playing in the group behind Nicklaus, Palmer and Player, asks Arnold Palmer to sign a flag for him after Palmer makes par at the third hole.

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Update No. 22: 3:24 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell is known for having a good sense of humor and he showed that before teeing off in the Par-3 Contest today. While McDowell's friend Rory McIlroy will have girlfriend and tennis star Carolina Wozniacki loop for him, McDowell will have his fiance Kristin Stape loop for him. Said Graeme, "Like Rory, overachieving; I think that's the name of the game."

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Update No. 21: 3:20 p.m. EDT

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus both just miss birdie putts at No. 2. They settle for pars to remain at 1 over.

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Update No. 20: 3:16 p.m. EDT

Fuzzy Zoeller gets a little girl from the gallery to putt for him on the ninth hole. She three-putts for a bogey to wrap up his 4-over 31.

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Update No. 19: 3:12 p.m. EDT

Lots of laughter on the first green as Jack Nicklaus three-putts for bogey, Arnold Palmer also makes bogey and Gary Player makes par.

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Update No. 18: 2:52 p.m. EDT

Watney's ace at No. 9 was the 76th in event history. A record five aces were made in 2002.

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Update No. 17: 2:47 p.m. EDT

Nick Watney just finished off a 4-under 23, capped by an ace at No. 9, to grab a share of the lead with Ernie Els. There have been 18 playoffs in Par-3 Contest history, but none since 2004.

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Update No. 16: 2:43 p.m. EDT

No player has had more success at this event than Padraig Harrington, who just wrapped up a 3-under 24. Harrington is the only three-time winner of the Par-3 Contest. Two of his victories were co-victories, though. He shared the title with David Toms in 2003 and Jonathan Byrd in 2012. His other win he won in a playoff.

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Update No. 15: 2:41 p.m. EDT

Well, it looks like Ernie Els actually carded a 4-under 23. He leads outright now.

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Update No. 14: 2:30 p.m. EDT

Here's another history lesson. The highest score for a Par-3 Contest champion is 24 (Tsuneyuki Nakajima in 1988, Rocco Mediate in 1991 and Sandy Lyle in 1998).

Coincidentally, Ernie Els has the clubhouse lead now after carding a 24 today. He's tied at 3 under with Bill Haas, who has three holes left.

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Update No. 14: 2:30 p.m. EDT

Nick Faldo has never won the Par-3 Contest, but he's got a chance this year. Faldo just wrapped up a 2-under 25 and is just a shot behind leader Bill Haas, who is 3 under through five holes. Keegan Bradley is also finished with a 25. Also, Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old amateur, shot 28 in his par-3 debut.

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Update No. 13: 2:04 p.m. EDT

Bill Haas is considered by many to be a sleeper pick for the Masters this year. He's playing well in the Par-3 Contest today. Haas has birdied his first three holes and leads at 3 under.

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Update No. 12: 1:59 p.m. EDT

Let's take a look at some of the best tee shots so far today. Angel Cabrera birdied the second hole after sticking his tee shot to 4 inches. Raymond Floyd's tee shot at No. 9 ended up 7.5 inches from the cup. Francesco Molinari landed his tee shot at No. 1 to just more than a foot.

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Update No. 11: 1:52 p.m. EDT

It appears that Phil Mickelson won't win the Par-3 Contest this year after all. His score has just been disqualified. Lefty joins 14 others who did not have their final total officially scored today. Your new clubhouse leader is Keegan Bradley, who is finished with a 2-under 25. Nick Watney, Angel Cabrera and Tim Clark are also 2 under but still on the course.

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Update No. 10: 1:37 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald won't win the Par-3 Contest this year. He's finished at even-par 27, but his total will not be scored. Meanwhile, amateur Steven Fox is finished with a 26. Fox's score was just the fifth official score recorded today.

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Update No. 9: 1:32 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood and Keegan Bradley are all tied for second at 2 under, two shots back of clubhouse leader Phil Mickelson (4-under 23).

And here's another history lesson. The lowest score for a Par-3 Contest champion is 20 (Art Wall Jr. in 1965 and Gay Brewer in 1973).

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Update No. 8: 1:14 p.m. EDT

It's not uncommon for participants to not have their score counted. The reason being many of them often let their caddies attempt putts and chips. Jim Furyk and Bubba Watson both wrapped up rounds that won't officially count. Furyk shot 4-under 23 while Bubba, who had his wife, Angie, and son, Caleb, loop for him during the round, recorded a 26.

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Update No. 7: 1:08 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson birdies the final hole to wrap up a 4-under 23. He's got the outright lead right now, but there's still plenty of golf left. Remember, no player has won the Par-3 Contest and then gone on to win the Masters in the same year.

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Update No. 6: 12:57 p.m. EDT

Here are the some facts about the par-3 course at Augusta:

• The par-3 course was built in 1958.

• Architects George Cobb and Clifford Roberts designed the course.

• The par-3 course is a par-27, 1,060-yard layout.

• The shortest hole on the par-3 course is the 70-yard second hole.

• The longest hole on the par-3 course is the 140-yard sixth hole.

Getting back to today's action, Bernhard Langer has never won this event. He's currently tied with Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk for the lead at 3 under. All three players are through seven holes.

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Update No. 5: 12:41 p.m. EDT

Here's a little Par-3 Contest history lesson. Sam Snead won the inaugural Par-3 Contest in 1960. He then won again in 1974 at the age of 61.

Fast forward to today, Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson have just joined Bubba Watson in the lead at 2 under. Furyk and Mickelson are through six holes while Bubba has completed five of the nine scheduled holes.

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Update No. 4: 12:34 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson has moved into sole possession of the lead at 2 under through four holes. Also, Luke Donald has teed off along with Brandt Snedeker and amateur Steven Fox. Donald is considered a favorite for this event. The 2011 Par-3 Contest champion is even after his opening hole.

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Update No. 3: 12:22 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson has joined the leaders at 1 under after a birdie at No. 2. Only 11 Masters champions have also won the Par-3 Contest, the most recent being 1998 Masters champion Mark O'Meara, who won the Par-3 Contest in 2007.

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Update No. 2: 12:15 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk stuck his opening tee shot to about 5 feet and he makes he birdie to take a share of the early lead at 1 under. Phil Mickelson is also 1 under after the opening hole.

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Update No. 1: 12:14 p.m. EDT

Louis Oosthuizen won this event in 2010. He won't be playing for a score this year, but is 1 over through two holes.

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Wednesday coverage

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Tuesday coverage

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Monday coverage

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Weekend coverage

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Player profiles

For profiles of all first-timers, including Nicolas Colsaerts, Branden Grace and Jamie Donaldson, as well as all amateurs, including Tianlang Guan, Michael Weaver and Steven Fox, click here to get individual breakdowns of how they arrived at Augusta National.

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