In a weather-shortened Par 3 Contest held Wednesday, Padraig Harrington and Clemson product Jonathan Byrd tied with a score of 22 as co-champions of the event.
Byrd rolled in a four foot birdie putt on the ninth and final hole to tie Harrington for first place.
It was just the second tie in the 53-year history of the Par Three Tournament and Harrington has been involved in each of them. In 2003, the native of Ireland tied David Toms for the title. He now has a record three Par Three Tournament wins. Normally there is a playoff, but inclement weather ended Wednesday’s competition after 43 players had played the full nine holes. Legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player had completed just two holes.
Byrd and Harrington were both just two shots off the Masters record for the Par Three Tournament. Art Wall had a 20 in 1965 and Gay Brewer had the same score in 1973.
No Par Three Tournament winner has gone on to win the Masters. Twice the winner of the Par Three has finished second. Raymond Floyd lost in a playoff to Nick Faldo in 1990 and Chip Beck finished second to Bernhard Langer in 1993.
Current Clemson golfer Corbin Mills had an even par 27 while playing with legends Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw, while former Tiger All-American Kyle Stanley had a 28.
Wednesday marked the first time a former Tiger had won the Par Three Tournament.
Two holes-in-one were made this year. This brings the total to 75 holes-in-one made since the inception of the Par 3 Contest in 1960.