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Harrington wins Masters par-three title again

Updated: Wednesday, 04 Apr 2012 22:18

Pádraig Harrington carries his son during the par-three tournament
Pádraig Harrington carries his son during the par-three tournament

Pádraig Harrington today became the first player to win a hat-trick of par three titles at The Masters - but just like his first victory in 2003 he had to share the honour.

The competition could not be completed because of a thunderstorm, leaving Harrington as joint winner with American Jonathan Byrd after both returned five-under-par scores of 22.

Nine years ago the 40-year-old Dubliner tied with David Toms, but bad weather prevented a play-off then as well. Twelve months later he beat Argentina's Eduardo Romero in sudden death.

What it means again, though, is that Harrington will have to beat a jinx to become Masters champion on Sunday.

Since the par three event started in 1960, nobody has lifted that crown and then won the event proper as well four days later.

Last year's Wednesday champion Luke Donald did not even take part this time because he wanted to focus on the main event, while Open champion Darren Clarke was another non-participant because he wanted to rest a sore groin.

Most players treat it as light relief and invite family, friends or even celebrities to act as their caddies.

Harrington went round with his sons Patrick (eight) and Ciaran (four), as well as Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and American amateur Patrick Cantlay.

"This is my 13th time playing it and the least amount of wind, so the scoring was on," he said. "The whole thing is memorable. I didn't hit anything stone dead or anything like that."

He actually missed the last green and was close to going into the water, but chipped to four feet and saved par.

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