It seems like there is at least one hole-in-one at every Par 3 Contest, doesn’t it? ESPN Sports Science (big fan) broke down exactly why this happens, especially at the ninth hole, where there have been 21 aces — 50 percent more than the next highest hole.
The 135-yard ninth sticks its pin in the middle of a 15-foot bowl that funnels the ball toward the cup. While a shot to a flat pin-placement from this distance would miss the cup if it was off-line by just 0.025 degrees, the bowl allows for nearly 2.1 degrees of error.
There were two aces (Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell) on the ninth hole last year, which is a 1-32,000 occurrence, or rarer than a perfect game. A tour pro has a 1-3,000 chance to make a hole-in-one in regular play.
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