Calgary Herald

Donald doesn’t fear jinx of Par-3 winner

- herald News serViCes AugusTA, gA.

Luke Donald apparently isn’t too worried about the Par-3 tournament curse.

In the tournament’s history, no player has won the Par-3 tournament and the Masters tournament in the same year. But Donald sprinted to a 5-under-par 22 on Wednesday and then held on to win by one shot. Donald is playing in his seventh Masters, with his best finish a tie for third in his first appearance.

Raymond Floyd and Angel Cabrera finished tied for second at 4 under while four players finished at 3 under.

“Some short shots that you hit out here are similar to the course, so that’s why I play some years,” Donald said. “I think it’s good preparatio­n. If you’re hitting wedges close, it’s only a good thing.”

Martin Kaymer, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, said Donald is the player to watch this week.

“It’s a big compliment coming from the world’s best ranked player right now,” Donald said. “So you feed off comments like that. I think when your peers are speaking highly about something, you can feed off it and make yourself believe that you’re better than you might even think you are.”

 ?? harry how, getty images ?? England’s Luke Donald shot a five-under-par 22 to win the Par-3 contest Wednesday at Augusta.
harry how, getty images England’s Luke Donald shot a five-under-par 22 to win the Par-3 contest Wednesday at Augusta.

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