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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Luke Donald wins Par 3 tournament

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- So much for Nick Faldo's pick to win the Masters.

The three-time winner said Wednesday afternoon that fellow Englishman Luke Donald is in such good form he ought to win this week at Augusta National. Donald then went out and showed off that form by winning the Par 3 tournament, shooting a 5-under to finish a stroke ahead of former Masters champions Raymond Floyd and Angel Cabrera.

There's only one problem: No Par 3 winner has ever gone on to capture the green jacket.

"I said, 'Oh, poor Luke,'" Lee Westwood said.

Donald, however, chose to see it differently.

"Some short shots that you hit out here are similar to the course, so it's partly why I play some years. I think that it's good preparation," he said. "If you're hitting wedges close, it's only a good thing."

Donald's best finish at Augusta National is a tie for third in 2005. He has missed the cut two out of the last three years.