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Winning TPC gains a dark side

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Maybe the legend of the Masters Par-3 Jinx is overblown.

It's as much a part of Augusta National's lore as the Eisenhower Tree and pimento-cheese sandwiches: No man has won the Masters after capturing the Par-3 Contest four days earlier. Some guys have rinsed a ball at No. 9 just to avoid the burden.

But the real curse might be found at The Players Championship.

Winning the Masters Par-3 simply jeopardizes one's chance of winning a green jacket. Prevailing at The Players just might endanger his career.

The last three winners — Sergio Garcia (2008), Henrik Stenson (2009) and defending champion Tim Clark — still list the "fifth...

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