Tue 07/04/2015 - 18:43 EDT

Padraig Harrington Favored To Win Masters Par-3 Contest

You don't  have to wait until Thursday's first round to start winning those Masters bets at Bovada as the annual Par-3 Contest is Wednesday and your opening solid favorite is Irishman Padraig Harrington at 20/1. ESPN will carry live TV coverage of the Masters Par 3 Contest from 3-5 PM (EST).

Tiger Making Rare Appearance

Tiger Woods will play in the Masters Par 3 Contest on Wednesday for the first time in 11 years; the four-time Masters champ will play on the short course for the first time since he played with Arnold Palmer in 2004. It's expected Woods will play the course with his children Sam and Charlie alongside, perhaps caddying for him in what's become a tradition in the pre-tournament contest.

Woods will probably also have his children hit a few putts for him, making his score unofficial. No Par 3 Contest winner has ever gone on to win the Masters in the same week. Woods has called the event “distracting” to his Masters preparation in the past, but always said he’d play again when his children were old enough to caddie. Tiger is 25/1 to win.

Each of the last two years Caroline Wozniacki caddied for Rory McIlroy in the Par-3 Contest. Since the two split last summer, McIlroy will have someone new on the bag on Wednesday: One Direction's Niall Horan.

Horan is 21 and was born in Ireland. McIlroy is 25 and from Northern Ireland. The two have become friends in recent years and when McIlroy was playing in Australia at the end of last year told Horan that if he was available on Wednesday he was welcome to carry the bag if he wanted. McIlroy is 40/1 to win.

Harrington, meanwhile, has won this event three times: 2003 (with David Toms), 2004 and 2012 (with Jonathan Byrd). The defending champion is Ryan Moore.

History Of Event

First played in 1960 and won that year by Sam Snead, the Par 3 Contest has become a Wednesday tradition at the Masters. The Par 3 course was designed in 1958 by architect George Cobb and Clifford Roberts. Tournament participants, non-competing past champions and Honorary Invitees are invited to participate in the Contest.

The nine-hole course is par 27, 1,060 yards and played over DeSoto Springs Pond and Ike's Pond. In 1987, the current hole Nos. 8 and 9 were added over Ike's Pond, eliminating hole Nos. 1 and 2 of the original course from Wednesday competition. In the history of the Contest, there have been 80 holes-in-one made, a record five in 2002. No Par 3 Contest winner has won the Masters the same year as his short-course victory. There have been 19 sudden death playoffs. Art Wall (1965) and Gay Brewer (1973) share the course record of 20.

Here is the full list of pairings and tee times (all times Eastern):

11:53 AM -- Patrick Reed, J.B. Holmes, Victor Dubuisson

12:00 PM -- Jerry Pate, Fred Ridley, Dick Siderowf

12:07 PM -- Brandt Snedeker, Charley Hoffman, Jason Dufner

12:14 PM -- Antonio Murdaca, Bernd Wiesberger, Anirban Lahiri

12:21 PM -- Jason Day, Mark O'Meara, Erik Compton

12:28 PM -- Matt Every, Billy Horschel, Buddy Alexander

12:35 PM -- Scott Harvey, Vinny Giles, Byron Meth

12:49 PM -- Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler

12:56 PM -- Stephen Gallacher, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington

1:03 PM -- Gunn Yang, Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam

1:10 PM -- Branden Grace, Ernie Els, Mikko Ilonen

1:17 PM -- Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Trevor Immelman

1:24 PM -- Corey Conners, Tommy Aaron, Charles Coody

1:38 PM -- Kevin Stadler, Craig Stadler, Dave Stocton

1:45 PM -- Seung-Yul Noh, Sangmoon Bae, Kevin Na

1:52 PM -- Bernhard Langer, Larry Mize, Martin Kaymer

1:59 PM -- Nathaniel Crosby, Hubert Green, Fuzzy Zoeller

2:06 PM -- Ian Baker Finch, John Senden, Nick Faldo

2:13 PM -- Joost Luiten, Danny Willett, Jamie Donaldson

2:27 PM -- Brendon Todd, Chris Kirk, Brian Harman

2:34 PM -- James Hahn, Robert Streb, Ben Martin

2:41 PM -- Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jose Maria Olazabel, Sergio Garcia

2:48 PM -- Fred Couples, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods

2:55 PM -- Ryan Palmer, Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson

3:02 PM -- Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw

3:09 PM -- Bradley Neil, Morgan Hoffmann, Rory McIlroy

3:16 PM -- Brooks Koepka, Graeme McDowell, Geoff Ogilvy

3:23 PM -- Steve Jones, Al Geiberger, Steve Melnyk

3:30 PM -- Gary Woodland, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose

3:37 PM -- Angel Cabrera, Ian Poulter, Kevin Streelman

3:44 PM -- Cameron Tringale, Tom Watson, Ben Crane

3:51 PM -- Camilo Villegas, Keegan Bradley, Russell Henley

4:05 PM -- Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas, Dustin Johnson

4:12 PM -- Rich Beem, Jimmy Walker, Matias Dominguez

4:19 PM -- Ryan Moore, Jonas Blixt

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