Jan
31
2015
Francesco Molinari aces the par-3 16th, triggers beer shower from fans (*Updated)
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Francesco Molinari made a hole-in-one on the famed par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He hit a pitching wedge from 133 yards and his shot landed just past the pin before spinning back and dropping in the hole.

The rowdiest crowd in golf reacted in kind, going absolutely bonkers with fans throwing beers onto the course. The area around the green was soaked from the amazing beer shower.

Here’s a GIF of the scene:

Molinari rode out the momentum from the ace, posting a bogey-free, seven-under 64.

“First of all I’m really happy with the round,” said Molinari in his presser. “Played well all day, no bogeys on the card, which is always good.

“16th was just something really incredible, you know. I think it’s just my third hole-in-one in my life, so to get one there, it is special, and the reaction was just something else, something you don’t see in golf every day.”

He enjoyed the fan reaction.

“I was just smiling,” said Molinari when asked it. “Brian Davis had to play after me, unfortunately. So he had to wait for a while to, you know, let the guys clear the green and the bunkers and, you know, just — I don’t know how to describe it. You know, you have to see it and it was obviously amazing for me to be there and have a hole-in-one in that scenario.”

Molinari’s ace is the 9th in competition on the 16th since the tournament moved to TPC Scottsdale in 1987. It was the first since Jarrod Lyle accomplished the same feat in 2011. An amateur, Dave Wood, had a hole-in-one during the pro-am earlier this week on Wednesday.

Well done to Molinari and the fans on the 16th that never disappoint with their celebrations.