Masters 2017: Severe weather forces cancellation of traditional par-three tournament for first time

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The weather could affect the schedule at Augusta
The weather could affect the schedule at Augusta

Bad weather forced the traditional pre-Masters par-three contest to be cancelled for the first time ever on Wednesday.

Although a break in the weather allowed the contest to start at 12:30pm local time, another band of storms soon approached Augusta National and saw play abandoned for the day 55 minutes later.

Former champion Mike Weir and Brendan Steele were tied for the lead at the time on three under par.

Jimmy Walker set a record of eight under par in victory 12 months ago and finished tied 29th in the tournament proper, ensuring the "curse" remained intact.

Since the contest started in 1960, nobody has ever become par-three and Masters champion in the same week.

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