Rory McIlroy Skipping Par-3 Contest at Augusta

Rory McIlroy’s Masters tournament meltdown of 2011 is now in the distant past, and the four-time major winner will be hoping to avoid all distractions as he seeks to win his first green jacket.

One of the measures he’s taken for remaining focussed on the main event is skipping the Par-3 Contest at Augusta next week.

“I’m not going to play the Par-3 Contest this year as it’s just too much hassle and it’s a bit of a distraction,” McIlroy said.

This year’s event will be the 26-year-old’s eighth Masters championship, and his best performance came as a fourth-place finish in 2015. The Northern Irishman was looking set to win the competition in 2011 before experiencing a monumental meltdown on the final day.

McIlroy was leading by four strokes at 12 under heading into the final day. He proceeded to get four bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey to card 8 under for his final round, which was only good enough for a T-15 finish.

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