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Playing to lose: Tiger Woods enters Par 3 with children as his caddies

  • Tiger Woods greets his children Charlie, left and Sam during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Tiger Woods greets his children Charlie, left and Sam during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lindsey Vonn walks with Tiger Woods' children Charlie, right, and Sam during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Lindsey Vonn walks with Tiger Woods' children Charlie, right, and Sam during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lindsey Vonn watches as Tiger Woods hugs his children Charlie, left and Sam during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Lindsey Vonn watches as Tiger Woods hugs his children Charlie, left and Sam during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

This is one competition Tiger Woods doesn't mind losing. He's playing in the Par 3 Tournament at the Masters.

Woods typically skips the Wednesday afternoon tradition at Augusta National. But he had a couple of reasons to play this year. One is named Sam. The other is Charlie. Woods said his two children would be caddying for him.

The trick now is not to win. No one has ever won the Par 3 Tournament on Wednesday and went on to win the Masters. One of the last times Woods played in the Par 3 was in 2004. He tied for first with Padraig Harrington and Eduardo Romero, forcing a three-man playoff.

Except that Woods didn't show up. The way he smiled Tuesday, that wasn't an accident.