Woods, with his kids, plays Par 3 for first time since 2004

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With his children in tow, Tiger Woods participated in the Masters Par 3 Contest on Wednesday for the first time since 2004.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 | 4:05 p.m.

For the first time since 2004, Tiger Woods teed it up in the Masters Par 3 Contest on Wednesday afternoon.

Woods played alongside friends Steve Stricker and Mark O'Meara.

The reason for the decision? His children.

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Woods told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi before teeing off that his daughter, Sam, and son, Charlie, watched the event in 2014 while Tiger was out of action with his back injury. Sam and Charlie saw the children of other players taking it in and wanted to be a part of the day.

Tiger explained that when he was feeling better, there was an opportunity that they could caddie.

So on Wednesday, with dad's girlfriend Lindsey Vonn by their side, Sam and Charlie had their wish of toting dad's club's at the Augusta National Par-3 course come true.

Hopefully they didn't plan on dad winning though.

It's well-documented that no player who has won the Par 3 Contest has gone on to win the Masters that same week. Woods didn't seem interested in trying to become the first player to change that.

"Have fun, enjoy it and don't win," he told Rinaldi.





T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.