Updated Apr 11, 2013 8:22 AM ET
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The first round is officially under way after the big three of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player launch their ceremonial tee shots to start the day.
The trio cracked a couple jokes, then cracked a few balls in front of a throng of fans on either side. The shots don’t make a difference in the outcome of the tournament, but it’s always a fun watch.
The action at Augusta tees off at 8 a.m. ET, and given the forecast it’s probably best to be among the early starters. Check out Thursday’s tee times to see who could catch a break.
While we wait for the action to begin, let’s take a look back at Wednesday’s Par 3 event.
And man, there was a lot of goofy stuff.
Girlfriends and fiances working as caddies. Fans taking shots for old pros. The legendary trio starting things off. There were even a couple aces.
Oh yeah, and Ted Potter, Jr. winning the thing in a playoff with Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson (Lefty was knocked out on the first playoff hole, Kuchar the second.)
The most popular caddie of the day – Caroline Wozniacki, tennis star and girlfriend of Rory McIlroy.
Wozniacki was on the bag for Rory’s unofficial 5-over 32, a score that was capped by Wozniacki playing the final hole. Her tee shot was chunked into the water at No. 9 and she ended up with double bogey on the hole.
Even with the poor performance with the club in her hands, Wozniacki arguably signed just as many autographs as McIlroy on Wednesday, maybe even more. Check out photos of the two of them in action. – Golfweek
Bo Van Pelt had his first Par-3 Contest title in sight.
He was 5-under heading into No. 9 before sticking his final tee shot to about 8 feet. But instead of attempting the birdie for a chance to move to 6 under – that score would’ve won the competition – Van Pelt let his sons have a go with the putter. He would bogey the hole to wrap up an unofficial 4-under 23. As he explains it, he had no choice in the matter:
No Par-3 winner has gone on to win the Masters that same week, and it’s that jinx that could explain why Van Pelt threw in the towel. – Golfweek
As expected, one of the best scenes from the day involved Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player making their way around the par-3 course together.
Sure there was the water-ball at No. 9 from Arnie, the only one of the three to win this event (1967), and the three-putts from Jack, but that was more than made up for by the jokes, fan interaction and overall aura that comes along with three of golf’s greatest playing together the day before the Masters.
And if scores mattered, you didn’t know it, although it was Player getting the better of Jack and Arnie, shooting 1-over 28. – Golfweek