Mike Weir hits hole-in-one before Masters' Par 3 contest shut down


Mike Weir was right at home again at Augusta National after hitting a hole-in-one on the 130-yard fourth hole of the Par 3 course on Wednesday. 

The Canadian 2003 Masters champion was tied for the lead at three-under through six holes before severe weather forced the cancellation of the popular Par 3 Contest for the first time in history.

Bubba Watson and former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson were first off the tee at the par-3 layout in between major storms that first cleared the course at 10 a.m. — then shut it down for good about 3 1-2 hours later. The start of the Par 3 Contest was delayed, but the two major champions made it through the nine-hole course.

The siren sounded soon after the Watson-Simpson group finished, and officials called off play and evacuated the grounds for the rest of the day. No winner was declared, meaning no one was saddled with the dreaded curse — no Par-3 Contest winner has ever gone on to capture the green jacket.

Masters chairman Billy Payne said the approaching weather gave officials no choice but to get people off the course.

"We share in the disappointment of our patrons, but the safety of everyone on our grounds is always our primary concern," he said.

Before the day ended, competitive golf took a back seat to family for Simpson and Watson.

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