The field for the Masters Par 3 tournament will be smaller this year.
Augusta National notified the honorary invitees, who have been able to play practice rounds and indulge in the practice facilities in the past, that the Par 3 contest will now be exclusive to Masters champions and players who are in the field. Their practice access will also be restricted.
A player becomes an honorary invitee if he wins either the U.S. Open, British Open, or PGA Championship.
Earning the legendary green jacket is definitely the best prize of all, with lifetime access to all things having to do with the Masters included, but being an honorary invitee is also a special designation.
Augusta National’s email indicated that honorary invitees will maintain special access, but the Par 3 tournament has to be limited to accommodate the growing field of players who want to play in the contest.
The inaugural Par 3 tournament took place in 1960 and Sam Snead was the first ever winner. As a traditional Wednesday event prior to the first round of the Masters, it will have a different feel to it this year.
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