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Sam Snead
Sam Snead

The Masters Tournament Par-3 contest is a golf competition that precedes the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The first Par-3 contest was held 60 years ago, before the 1960 tournament, and was won by three-time Masters champion Sam Snead (pictured). The contest takes place in a single round on a nine-hole, par-27 course in the northeast corner of Augusta National Grounds, which was designed in 1958 by George Cobb and club founder Clifford Roberts. Snead became the tournament's first multiple winner when he triumphed in the 1974 event. Seven players, Snead, Isao Aoki, Jay Haas, Sandy Lyle, David Toms, Pádraig Harrington and Tom Watson, have each won the tournament on more than one occasion. No winner of the Par-3 contest has gone on to win the Masters in the same year. (Full list...)

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Charles Marion Russell

Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926) was an artist of the Old American West who created more than two thousand paintings of cowboys, Indians, and landscapes set in the western United States and in Alberta, Canada. He became an advocate for Native Americans in the West, for instance supporting the bid by landless Chippewa to have a reservation established for them in Montana.

This picture is a 1908 oil-on-canvas painting by Russell, entitled Smoke of a .45, depicting an action-packed scene in a dry, dusty landscape. The work is now in the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas.

Painting credit: Charles Marion Russell

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