Masters survey 2023: Does the Par-3 curse deter pros from trying to win Wednesday’s contest?

Nobody has ever won Wednesday’s Par-3 Contest and the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in the same week.

Raymond Floyd came closest in 1990, when the 47-year-old was in line to become the oldest Masters champion. Floyd recorded his only Par 3 victory and seemed on course to snap the curse Sunday afternoon. Following a birdie on No. 12, Floyd was four strokes clear of Nick Faldo with six holes to play. But Faldo ended up slipping into a Green Jacket in a playoff for a second straight year.

Just three years later, Chip Beck won the warm-up act and was three strokes behind Bernhard Langer entering Sunday’s 15th hole. But Beck laid up from the fairway and Langer coasted to his second Masters crown.

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All these years later, the curse of the par-3 contest winner lives. Do today’s pros believe in it, and did the par-3 curse deter them from participating or trying to win the par 3?