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McIlroy and Wozniacki have fun at Masters Par-3

ESPN staff
April 10, 2013

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While Tiger Woods once again chose not to take part in the Masters Par-3 competition, Rory McIlroy enjoyed himself on the Augusta course alongside girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

The Northern Irishman had Wozniacki as his caddie for the competition which gives golfers the chance to relax on the eve of the first major of the year.

Former tennis world No. 1 Wozniacki swapped a racket for a set of clubs as the Dane partnered McIlroy for the event - hitting a shot into the water along the way.

"I had a good deal with Rory and get a really good pay check out of this," Wozniacki joked when interviewed on course. "I even gave him a special price. Obviously this is a very special tournament.

"It has so many traditions. In many ways it's similar to Wimbledon, but in many ways it's also different. Hopefully he won't give me too many looks for wrong clubs."

On having Wozniacki with him, McIlroy said: "It's very special. Caroline had the opportunity to come [last year] but it didn't quite work out in the end. I wanted her to come to Augusta and come to the Masters to see what it's all about. It's great that she's here this week. It makes this afternoon special that she can be out here with me."

McIlroy would have been pleased not to win the contest, as no player who has emerged victorious in the Par-3 contest has gone on to wear the famous green jacket at The Masters.

The likes of four-time major winner Phil Mickelson and reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson - who landed a hole-in-one - all participated, with their family around them bringing some light relief to the occasion.

No player takes the competition seriously, but Padraig Harrington missed out on securing a fourth triumph after losing out to Ernie Els, Nick Watney, Ted Potter Jnr and Matt Kuchar, who all finished one shot ahead of the Irishman on four-under.

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