The Masters starts tomorrow, which means the annual Par 3 contest is ongoing. It’s been home to plenty of highlights so far, with GT Nicklaus (Jack’s grandson) acing the 9th hole and Tom Watson winning it despite having retired from Masters competition a few years back.

There’s also been a lowlight, when Masters rookie Tony Finau severely rolled his ankle celebrating his own ace.

But before all of that, there was two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson’s ridiculous trick shot. It’s hard to even set it up, but suffice to say, he took what should have been a tap-in putt and did something very different:

Three things:

  1. The curling sweeping from his playing partner really makes it at the end.
  2. There was also a non-zero chance that small child was going to run in and grab the ball.
  3. The hat removal and handshakes while the ball is basically still moving away from the hole.
  4. The willingness to chip on a green at Augusta for the sake of comedy. When you’ve won a few times I guess that’s allowed.

Bubba has a real shot to win this week, which would be yet another stop in his road back to the top of the game. But no matter what happens in competition, he’ll always have this memory.

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.