Augusta National's other golf tournament: The Par 3 contest before the 2014 Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Par 3 contest at Augusta National the day before the Masters has become a major attraction in recent years. The brainchild of former tournament chairman Clifford Roberts, the course opened in 1958 (two Tom Fazio holes were added later) and hosts a tournament that's open to older and younger players alike, including some special guests of Augusta National.

For the patrons it's especially enjoyable because they are allowed to take pictures, get autographs and see the players at their most relaxed. Many of them bring their kids and have their wives or other family members or friends caddie for them.

Apr 10, 2014

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.