AUGUSTA, Ga. — This doesn't bode well for Padraig Harrington.
Rain and lightning washed out the end of the Par 3 tournament at the Masters on Wednesday, leaving Harrington and Jonathan Byrd as the de facto champions at 5 under. It's an honor most golfers might rather avoid, considering no Par 3 champion has ever gone on to capture the green jacket.
It's only the second time since the Par 3 began in 1960 that there were dual winners because of suspension. One of those winners in 2003? None other than Harrington, who would miss the cut for the first time at Augusta National two days later. Harrington also won the next year, and went on to tie for 13th.
Sergio ailing: Sergio Garcia has another nagging injury, and the timing could not be worse. He has an infected nail in the middle finger of his left hand, which affects how strongly he grips the club.
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It's the same injury that Garcia dealt with last May when he had to withdraw from a British Open qualifier because of an infected nail.
Big putters: Luke Donald might be onto something.
Donald said he has practiced putting with a driver from just off the green, because the grass tends to be a little stickier in the afternoon and it helps put a little more pace on the shots. Tiger Woods used his 3-wood on such shots during nine holes of practice Wednesday.
Light work: Nick Watney did not come to Augusta National ahead of the Masters to practice. Even when he arrived this week, he only practiced on Monday and played nine holes on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"I've played 54 holes," he said. "I've come in December. You can play a little or you can play a lot. But you're still going to put the ball in places during the tournament when making bogey is a good score."