O'Meara wins Par 3 contest

April 4, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Rory Sabbatini picked the perfect time to get his first hole-in-one.

Sabbatini aced the 115-yard Number 7 in the Par 3 contest this afternoon at Augusta National in a runup to the Masters beginning Thursday. It was one of two holes-in-one, with David Toms getting one on the 142-yard Number 3.

Sabbatini used a pitching wedge. As the ball sailed toward the pin, he said it looked like it was in slow-motion. Finally, it dropped right into the hole.

The best part of all? His wife, Amy, was his caddie.

Toms used a 9-iron and hoped the ace would be a good omen for the rest of the week.

Former champion Mark O'Meara won the Par 3 contest at 5 under par, one stroke ahead of Zach Johnson. A star-studded list of players were at 3 under, including former champions Fred Couples and Ben Crenshaw.

The Par 3 contest has been played since 1960, and has become a Wednesday tradition at the Masters. It's a lighthearted event that brings back past champions and allows current players to have some fun before the real tournament starts. Defending Masters champ Phil Mickelson even brought his daughters along for the afternoon.

But the win might not be the best omen for O'Meara. No Par 3 winner has ever gone on to win the Masters.

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