Hole-in-ones are the glory shots in golf! They are usually a "once in a lifetime" type of thing, but some people are just luckier than others. They occur at the biggest stages in golf, and in the wackiest ways. In a one word summary, hole-in-ones are ridiculous. These are the most ridiculous hole-in-ones caught on camera!
Jonathan Byrd had battled all day long for a victory. There were tug and pulls from 2 other competitors in Martin Laird and Cameron Percy through 3 playoff holes, and on the 4th playoff hole, the par 3 17th, Byrd holed out to take the title!
This quite possibly is the greatest hole-in-one shot that I have ever seen in my entire life. On hole 16 at Augusta National, in a practice round for the Masters, the group decided to take shots skipping the ball across the water and seeing where it lands. Sean O'Hair goes first and land's it respectively on the opposite side of the water, and then Vijay steps up, and the rest is history.
Tiger Woods, in his opening year on the tour in 1996, sunk a shot in the final round of the US Bank Tournament and gave the crowd something to cheer for. He was known as a protege, and for him to hole out in one of his first tournaments as a professional on the tour really proved the point.
Leif Olsen stepped up to the tee box thinking in his head just to put the ball close to the pin. Although, in the back of his mind he knew that if he holed out he would win a brand new BMW Z4 Roadster. All in all, he was not thinking to use his competitor's ball as a bank shot!
Unlike Vijay's shot, Poulter holes out hitting the ball into the air, and was actually in a tournament round at the Masters. On the 16th, par 3 167 yard hole, Poulter plays the ball off the slope on the right side of the hole, and the mini hill does the rest as Poulter accumulated the first hole-in-one in the last three years at the Masters.
This is a compilation of hole-in-ones, and Casey's shot is at 0:29. Paul Casey makes the list because his hole-in-one at the K Club in Ireland was only the 5th hole-in-one at the Ryder Cup ever, was his first ace as a professional, and won the match for his foursome group as well. 14th hole with a 4 iron from 213 yards, Casey drops in this lovely shot for the home fans.
Tiger in his second year on the tour, at the famous stadium hole at TPC Scottsdale, holes out in front of a crowd of 20,000 screaming fans that will "boo" your head off and almost make you cry if you miss the green on the 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale. Obviously with the reaction of the hole-in-one from Tiger, you can see how insane those fans really are.
This quite possibly could be the greatest hole-in-one that I have seen. To hole out without any bounce or roll, straight out of the air is amazing. He also hit a 6 iron on the at par 3, 7th hole, and to drop in a 6 iron straight out of the air is remarkable.
Fuzzy Zoeller may be the goofiest looking golfer in the world, but after this shot he was the luckiest. His ball got held up in the rough right behind the pin on the par 3, 173 yard 16th hole, and stops on a dime, for about 5 seconds. Then, unbelievably the ball rolls out of the rough, onto the green, sliding into the hole. Ridiculous!
Mickelson holes out in the 2008 Scottish Open. I would not mark this shot as "ridiculous" but just a great shot overall, no luck whatsoever! Phil gets a shout out in the countdown because he is Phil Mickelson!
Alex Ovechkins is a hockey superstar, and as you'll see from these next two slides, two professionals from other sports get a shout out in the hole-in-one list. He had never played golf before, and had to borrow clubs from his teammates, and clearly, he thinks if you get a hole-in-one, you are all of the sudden better than Tiger Woods. His accent is a crack up as well.
Although this is not technically a hole-in-one, Jordan makes it on the list with an amazing bunker shot that dunks into the hole right out of the air, without any bounce! Not bad for a wanna-be golfer/baseball player/poker player!
These next two slides are videos of a amateurs that I thought should make the list.
This first one is a guy by the name of Dave, holes out on number 7 at Pebble Beach! This is one shot that you will remember for the rest of your life! If this was me, I could most likely die happy knowing I had a hole-in-one on the 7th hole at Pebble, and it was caught on camera!
This 9 year old makes the list because of his beautiful swing, and the face that he acts like it's no big deal and he's "been there, done that!" I would be lucky to hole out from there at any age. This is impressive.
This first million dollar shot in the list is from a man in Raleigh, North Carolina at an Outback Golf Fundraiser. You have to love his reaction! "Ah Get in there! Get in there! Get in there! Go! Go! Yes! Aygohojsnf!"
To finish out the list, here is another million dollar hole-in-one by Jason Hargett, an amateur participating in the Mark Eaton Celebrity Classic in Utah. He borrowed his brothers club, stepped up to the 150 yard hole with a 9-iron, and sunk the shot for a million dollars! You got to love the man that chases him and then tackles him!