Padraig Harrington has dismissed the Par Three jinx after winning at Augusta on the eve of the Masters.
The Dubliner was declared joint winner of the traditional Par Three competition ahead of golf’s first Major of the year.
After sharing the title with Jonathon Byrd – his third triumph in the event – Harrington missed the infamous Augusta ‘jinx’.
No player has ever won the Par Three title and the green jacket but Harrington insists that is all nonsense after bad weather saw Wednesday’s competition finish early.
“Talk of a jinx is all baloney,” laughed Harrington as he spoke to reporters afterwards.
“How could winning a tournament on a Wednesday affect how you play on a Thursday? That’s rubbish.”
Statistics however show that Harrington missed the cut in the 2003 Masters after he shared the Par Three crown with David Toms.
He finished 13th in the main event after winning the Par Three again in 2004.
“This is my 13th time playing it, and the least amount of wind was there today, so the scoring was on,” said Harrington after a five under score with sons Ciaran and Paddy as his caddies.
“The whole thing is memorable. I didn’t hole out. I didn’t hit anything stone dead or anything like that.
“I actually hit pretty average shots but played nicely for nine holes.”