Paul Casey made a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th at the Blue Monster in the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Watch the video and you’ll see Casey barely reacts and nearly looks disappointed after the ball disappears. Meanwhile, his caddie Craig Connelly goes nuts and practically mauls his boss. (continue reading…)
The Open Championship loves Tom Watson, and Tom Watson loves the Open Championship.
The 61-year-old icon aced the par-3, 178-yard No. 6 with a 7-iron. The shot took a one hop right in the cup. He celebrated by high-fiving playing partner Henrik Stenson. (continue reading…)
Here’s the video of Dustin Johnson’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 163-yard 16th at Royal St. George’s. Good thing his ball hit the flagstick and dropped — it landed hard and likely would have rolled off the green had it not been for a stroke of luck.
What’s just as impressive was Johnson rallying late in his round to finish at even par. (continue reading…)
DUBLIN, Ohio —- The eighth hole at Muirfield Village has given Steve Stricker trouble over the years. It’s a tough par 3. Late Friday afternoon Stricker pulled out a six-iron, and while the ball was still in the air, it was tough to tell from his body language whether he liked it or not as the Stricks turned his body as if trying to will the ball to the right. Turns out he hit the perfect shot — right into the hole, vaulting him to the outright lead at the halfway mark at the Memorial Tournament. (continue reading…)
Keegan Bradley was on 16 fairway when the horn blew, calling the players off TPC Sawgrass for what turned out to be a four-hour and twenty-seven minute rain delay. Teeing off at 9:35am for the third round of the Players Championship, the seventh starting time of the day, Keegan was one of the first groups to finish once play resumed at 5:30pm. Perhaps as a PGA Tour rookie he has yet to experience the heartbreaking trauma that many veterans have endured over the years.
When I asked him if it was a pain to go back and play those three tough finishing holes after such a long wait, a pleased Keegan said, “I played them one-under.” How was 17? Smiling, he said, “Someone’s going to make a hole-in-one on 17 today…because the pin is in the front and it’s soft, so the ball is spinning back at it.” (continue reading…)
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. (continue reading…)
Jarrod Lyle made a hole-in-on on the legendary par-3 No. 16 at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday morning. He’s the eighth person in the history of the Phoenix Open to achieve the feat and the first in nine years.
Erica and Lindsey Bensch, sisters and members of the Central Oklahoma golf team, each made hole-in-ones on Tuesday at the KickingBird Golf Club. Erica, a junior, scored an ace on 124-yard No.3 with a gap wedge. A little less than two hours later, Lindsey, a freshman, dunked in her shot with an 8-iron on the 142-yard No. 11.
Hole-in-ones are already rare. Then add in the sister component, not to mention the same day in the same round. What are the odds exactly? 15 million to 1, according to the Sarasota Tribune, which cited a 2005 Golf Digest Review. But in an article by Cliff Shrock of Golf Digest, he figures it’s closer to 17 million to one.