(RELEASE) - Golf fans will get to enjoy an extra hour of the popular Masters Tournament Par 3 Contest on Wednesday from Augusta National Golf Club. For the first time, coverage of the event will appear on the ESPN and Masters YouTube channels from 2-3 p.m. ET.
Always a highlight of Masters week, the fun and family-oriented Masters Par 3 Contest began in 1960 and includes current Masters invitees as well as past champions, creating many exciting moments on the Augusta National Par 3 course. The wives and girlfriends of players often serve as caddies as do children, grandchildren or celebrity friends. Many current players use the event as stress relief and an outing with their family on the day before competition begins at the Masters Tournament.
Sean McDonough will anchor the Par 3 Contest telecast along with analysts North and Strange. Rinaldi will conduct interviews. The event was first televised by ESPN in 2008.
An encore telecast of the Par 3 Contest will air on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Wednesday.