Win may not be blessing for Masters hopeful Kevin Streelman

KEVIN Streelman will be hoping to break the Masters "curse" after taking out the par-three tournament at Augusta in a playoff with Camilo Villegas.

No player has won both the pre-Masters event and the Masters in the same year.

Streelman (pictured) won in a three-hole playoff after he and Villegas had tied at 5-under. The American won after Colombian Villegas knocked his shot on the eighth hole over the green into a pond.

Villegas had two holes-in-one on a day which saw five in all, tying the record set in 2002. Trevor Immelman and Matias Dominguez also holed out, while 75-year-old six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus aced the fourth.

Meanwhile, Australian Marc Leishman has pulled out of the Masters (starting overnight) to be with his wife Audrey, who is recovering from pneumonia and multiple infections. The Victorian will stay at home to look after his two sons.