04/06/2011 11:08 am ET Updated Jun 06, 2011

Graeme McDowell Chooses Manchester United Match Over Masters Event

In recent years at the Masters, the Par Three Contest has become popular with the patrons and almost as much a formality as the champions' dinner.

Yet this year there is something stopping Graeme McDowell's involvement. It's not a niggling injury but an event happening far away from Augusta, Ga. in London. More specifically, it is at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea face Manchester United in the quarter-final first-leg of the Champions League. McDowell is a United fan and the timing of the Par Three Contest means he would miss the crucial football fixture.

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