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The person who definitely won't win the Masters this year is...

April 09, 2014

There are 97 golfers competing at the Masters this year, but only 96 have a chance to win the green jacket now. Sorry, Ryan Moore.

No, it's not because Moore favors a fade off the tee or because he's never finished better than T-13 in five trips to Augusta National, but rather because he played too well at Wednesday's Par 3 contest. Moore won by firing a six-under-par 21 and as those familiar with Masters history know, the Par 3 winner has never gone on to win the main event that week.

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Moore told the AP's Doug Ferguson that he missed three putts inside of nine feet and that he easily could have shot nine under. Instead, he came within a shot of tying the contest's record set by Art Wall Jr. in 1965 and later tied by Gay Brewer in 1973. Eleven Par 3 winners have won the Masters, but just never in the same year.

OK, so Moore, already a winner on the PGA Tour in the 2013-14 season, shouldn't be completely ruled out when it comes to winning the year's first major, but history certainly isn't on his side. Ryan, are you sure your son, Tucker, didn't hit a shot for you?