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Highlights from the 2018 Masters Par-3 Contest

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No winner of The Masters Par 3 Contest has gone onto win that year’s Masters tournament.

Ok, glad that’s out of the way. Now we can get into the highlights from the 2018 version of one of the great traditions in golf. Families were out, holes-in-one were made, a 68-year-old won the event, and an ankle was rolled? Let’s get into it.

The first of many holes-in-one on the day

Not the most graceful of celebrations, but surely better than this one…

Tony Finau rolled his ankle, then popped it back into place??

Haven’t seen an ankle broken that bad since the And1 Mixtape days.

Golf Twitter seemed to think he then proceeded to pop his ankle back into place. Or was he just putting his shoe back on?

Let’s hope it was a shoe malfunction and he didn’t have to actually pop his ankle back into place. Yikes.

Check out our TG2 podcast for live reactions to the injury.

Tom Watson, at 68-years old, won the event

And he did it using a red-and-white soccer ball! Oh wait, that’s Callaway’s Chrome Soft X Truvis golf ball.

Congrats to Tom Watson, the 1977 and 1981 Masters Champion, who shot a 6-under 21 today. His playing partners Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player shot 4-under and 2-under respectively.

Jack Nicklaus’ grandson Gary made (his first ever) ace on hole No. 9

Just, wow. What a moment. Nicklaus’ Tweet says it all.

Here’s another look…

Quite the day for the Masters Par-3 Contest. Now, it’s onto the big course.

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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Thursday’s photos from the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing & Finance Championship

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GolfWRX stopped by the Web.com for some WITB action, Thursday. The United Leasing & Finance Championship from Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, is the host venue for golf’s seasoned grinders and up-and-comers this week.

We have seven galleries from the range, as well as an in-hand look at the always WITB-envy inducing Lee McCoy’s putter.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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