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Par 3 Contest: Fun in the sun, a chance to unwind before the real shots at Augusta National

  • Jack Nicklaus makes his way along the eighth hole during the par-three contest before the Masters golf tournament, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUTThe Associated Press

  • Arnold Palmer, from left, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player walk down the first fairway after teeing off during the par-three contest before the Masters golf tournament, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)The Associated Press

  • Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki tees off on the ninth hole during the par three competition before the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. Wozniacki was caddying for boyfriend Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

  • Condoleezza Rice, left, former Secretary of State and Augusta National member, laughs with Rory McIlroy, center, and his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki on the sixth tee box during the par-three contest before the Masters golf tournament, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. Wozniacki caddied for McIlroy. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUTThe Associated Press

  • Arnold Palmer waves to spectators during the par three competition before the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

Ted Potter Jr. has won the Par 3 Contest at Augusta National, the light-hearted precursor to the first major of the year.

Potter won on the second playoff hole Wednesday, making a birdie at No. 9 to beat Matt Kuchar. Phil Mickelson was eliminated on the first extra hole.

Still, don't bet on Potter to win the Masters.

No winner of the Par 3 Contest has gone on to win the green jacket. The Masters begins Thursday, with Tiger Woods an overwhelming favorite.

The Par 3 is held on a picturesque course covering 1,060 yards, tucked into the northeast corner at Augusta National.

Woods skipped the competition, resting up for the tournament that matters. But the crowd got a chance to cheer on Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.