Masters Par 3 Contest cancelled for 2nd year in a row

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Augusta National Golf Club on Monday announced that the popular Masters Par 3 Contest will not be held because of social distancing protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic.

This marks the second consecutive year that the traditional Masters precursor has been cancelled - and the third time in the past five years after storms forced the event to be called off in 2017.

"Due to social distancing protocols, the Par 3 Contest will not be conducted in 2021," an Augusta National spokesperson said, as quoted by Golf Digest. "It is our hope that this event will resume in 2022."

Limited crowd attendance will be allowed at this year's Masters but fans must wear a face covering at all times and maintain a physical distancing of at least six feet.

The reigning Par 3 Contest champion is England's Matt Wallace, who edged Scotland's Sandy Lyle in a playoff in 2019.

The 2021 Masters is scheduled for 8-11 April, with America's Dustin Johnson the defending champion.

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