Jordan Schwartzel, son of Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, plays a shot during the Par Three Contest prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 06, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.

It’s Wednesday at The Masters, and it’s one of the most laid back, entertaining days of the week, with the Par 3 Contest taking center stage at Augusta National.

Gates opened at 8 a.m. today, with the Par 3 Contest scheduled to begin at noon on the 9-hole Executive Course. Before that, golfers can still take to the main course for additional practice.

But Wednesday is all about the Par 3, the family-friendly all smiles contest that dates back to 1960.

Everyone in the field is eligible to play, as well as past Masters champions. Mike Weir and Mackenzie Hughes finished tied at 4-under to win the event last year.

But winning the event is often considered a curse, as no Par 3 winner has ever one the big tournament that year.

The best part about the Par 3 tournament though, is the families and friends involved. Players will have their wives, children, girlfriends, dads, moms, or other friends and family caddying for them. That makes for some of the cutest photos of the week, as little kids run around in their official Masters caddy uniforms. We’ll include photos from last year below!

The best news, you can watch today’s Par 3 Contest even if you’re not on grounds. ESPN will have coverage on TV from 3-5 p.m., while and the Masters app will have the full contest from noon to 5 p.m.

Other than that, this is the last opportunity for golfers to get ready for what is sure to be a wild Masters Tournament. Weather is looking awfully interesting for the rest of the week.

Let’s see how this goes! It’s Wednesday, and The Masters is almost here!

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