Ryan Moore shot 6-under-par 21 to win the Masters par-3 contest by two strokes over Kevin Stadler and Fuzzy Zoeller, the 1979 Masters champion, at Augusta National Golf Club.
No player has ever won the Par-3 contest and gone on to claim the Green Jacket.
“I’m not afraid of it,” said Moore, who played the round with his 18-month-old son, Tucker. “You never know. Someone has got to break that curse at some point in time, so hopefully it’s me, if I end up winning. Who knows? I might go shoot 8-under or something, make a couple hole-in-ones. We’ll see.
“It was fun having my boy out there and playing a round, you know, playing with a couple of friends. That’s what it’s for, to kind of make you relax a little bit and just go and enjoy yourself the afternoon before.”
Moore, who played college golf at UNLV, captured the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last October for his third PGA Tour title to qualify for the Masters.
In 2004, he won the U.S. Amateur, the Western Amateur, the U.S. Amateur Public Links and the NCAA Championship.
Moore has played in the Masters five times, with two top-15 finishes, including a career- best tie for 13th in 2005.
Bernhard Langer, of Germany, who won the Masters in 1985 and 1993, shot 24 and tied for fourth with Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and Victor Dubuisson of France.