Harrington, Byrd win weather-shortened Par 3

Padraig Harrington shot a five-under 22 Wednesday and was declared the co-winner with Jonathan Byrd of the Par 3 Contest at Augusta National.

The traditional pre-Masters event was halted early due to inclement weather.

Harrington, who tied for first in 2003 and won in 2004, became the first three-time champion of the event.

He and Byrd topped Adam Scott by one shot, but now face a nasty bit of Masters history: No player has ever won the Par 3 and the Masters in the same year.

Harrington has made eight Masters cuts in 12 appearances with three top-10s, but has failed to break 72 in his last seven rounds at Augusta.

Byrd, who birdied the final hole to tie Harrington on Wednesday, has played in four Masters with little success. Since tying for eighth in 2003, he has missed the cut in his last three appearances and has never shot lower than 71 in 10 rounds.

Scott, who tied for second at last year's Masters following back-to-back 67s over the weekend, has posted five top-25 finishes at the championship in his 10 previous appearances.

Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson tied for sixth place at the Par 3, finishing two shots back.

The field included tournament participants, non-competing past champions and honorary invitees.

Some players have their caddies -- often a child, spouse or other family member -- putt out on some greens, officially posting a no-score.

Just 18 players posted an official final score ahead of the weather on Wednesday. Among those who didn't finish was Jerry Pate, who was four-under through five holes when play was stopped.

There were two holes-in-one made, pushing the all-time total to 75. Mark Wilson aced the fourth, while Thomas Bjorn holed out on the ninth.

The featured group again this year included six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus, four-time winner Arnold Palmer and three-time victor Gary Player, who birdied the first hole. The trio only played two holes before the event was stopped.

Nicklaus, Palmer and Player will strike the ceremonial first tee shots around 7:40 a.m. (et) on Thursday.