THE MASTERS 2014

  10 - 13 April

Masters: Ryan Moore fired six-under-par to claim a dubious honour at Augusta

Last Updated: 10/04/14 10:10am

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Ryan Moore ripped up the par-three course with six birdies

Ryan Moore ripped up the par-three course with six birdies

Ryan Moore recorded a score of six-under-par to claim victory in the light-hearted pre-Masters par-three event at Augusta.

The American finished two shots ahead of Fuzzy Zoeller and Kevin Stadler, who is creating history this week as one half of the first father-son pairing to compete in the same Masters with father and 1982 champion Craig.

Since the contest started in 1960, nobody has ever become par-three and Masters champion in the same week, a fact which sometimes sees players deliberately not shoot the best score possible.

But Moore has no qualms about carrying the poisoned chalice into the main event starting on Thursday.

"I'm not afraid of it," he said. "You never know, someone has got to break that curse at some point in time, so hopefully it's me.

"It was fun having my boy out there and playing a round with a couple of friends. That's what it's for, to kind of make you relax a little bit and just go and enjoy yourself the afternoon before."

Most players treat it as light relief and invite family or friends to act as their caddies, including the 'Big Three' of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, who would be back together to hit ceremonial drives as honorary starters for the tournament proper on Thursday.

Tournament favourite Rory McIlroy had tennis star fiance Caroline Wozniacki acting as his caddie for the second year running.

Former champion Mark O'Meara and non-competing invitee Stewart Alexander - the 1986 US Amateur champion - recorded holes-in-one on the second hole, while Australian Matt Jones aced the third just three days after qualifying for his Masters debut by winning the Shell Houston Open.

Enjoy day one of the Masters live on Sky Sports 4 HD from 7pm on Thursday.

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