Jun
25
2011
Two Aces in One Day at the Travelers
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Ace for Nate Smith. What does he win? A pat on the back!

It’s not as bizarre as two random golfers from Kansas hitting back-to-back aces, but two PGA Tour players made holes-in-ones on two different holes on Saturday during the third round of the Travelers Championship. DJ Brigman, who teed off No. 10, got off to a nice start, knocking in a 9-iron on the 142-yard 11th, which boasted many near aces today (gettable front pin).

Four hours later, Nate Smith, who birdied the last two holes of the second round to make the cut, hit a 3-hybrid into 221-yard 5th, one of the more difficult holes at TPC River Highlands, for the second ace of the day. “It was a really good shot,” said Smith. “That was the sweetest thing about it. I pured it right at the pin. I couldn’t see the hole because it was tucked behind the bunker, but it took a little hop and I heard people freaking out by the green so I knew it was in.”

So what do Brigman and Smith win? There’s always a car or some sweet prize, right? Well, unfortunately for them, they hit their aces on the wrong holes! The prizes this week are for holes-in-ones made on No. 8 — a 25,000 shopping spree at Roberto Coin jewelry — and No. 16 — a 16,000 Rolex watch.

“It’s okay,” said Brigman. “I’d rather have the hole-in-one.”

Yeah, right. Unless it’s the difference between 1st and 2nd place or top-ten, I’d be a little bitter.

Nate wasn’t as tactful as Brigman. “Unbelievable,” he said, half-jokingly.

“The 11th is only 140 yards. From 221 yards? C’mon! At least give me a Roley (Rolex).”

Nate tried to hole out on the next par-3, the 8th, but he only managed to walk away with a birdie.

“Unbelievable,” he kept repeating.

Instead of bling-bling, Nate wins a tee time with John Daly.

“I’m going to ask him about his drinks — Arnold Palmer with vodka,” he said. “Maybe he’ll send me over a few.”