Spokesman: Woods won't play Par 3 Contest

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Oops. Contrary to an earlier report on, it turns out Tiger Woods will not be playing the Par 3 Contest after all. We think.After an early rumor that Woods would play, the golfer's spokesman Glenn Greenspan said Woods had gone home for the day and would not be returning. The erroneous report was stoked by a flier distributed by Augusta National, with the headline "Par 3 Contest," that listed Woods among several other players.What was not clear was that the sheet merely listed players who were eligible to play in the Par 3. Players must sign up for tee times in the tournament office. Sometimes they merely show up on the first tee.The idea that Woods might rejoin the lighthearted pitch-and-putt for the first time since 2005 seemed like a logical step, a gesture of gratitude toward a game that Woods admitted earlier this week he had begun to take for granted.Although one of his Masters highlights came during the Par 3, a hole-in-one that prompted a memorable celebration, Woods grew dismissive of the yearly Masters warmup in which sons and daughters wear ill-fitting white overalls to caddie for Dad."You play a practice round in the morning, then sit around for your tee time," he wrote on last year. "It just becomes a long day and takes away from your main preparation. I'm sure there will be a day when I come back and play, especially when [Tiger's kids] Sam and Charlie get a little older and can caddie for me."ESPN will broadcast the event starting at 3 p.m. Eastern.

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by Kevin Cunningham