A hole in one is a rare and beautiful thing in the world of professional golf. And with an exciting summer of golfing action already underway, what better time is there to take a look back at some of the greatest one-hit-wonders in the history of stroke play?
Martin Kaymer – Masters, 2012
Skipping a golf ball across a lake is one thing, then actually getting said ball in the hole is another entirely. But that’s exactly what Martin Kaymer managed to do in the warm up round of the Masters in 2012. We still can’t decide what’s better, the shot, or the crowd’s reaction when the ball goes in!
Louis Oosthuizen – Masters, 2016
The look of disbelief on Louis’ face tells it all. When the sharpshooting South African teed off at the 16th hole in the final round, he was only hoping to land on the green. Instead he ended up scoring this incredible snooker-style deflected hole-in-one that is un-putting-believable.
John Peterson – US Open, 2012
The 180 yard 13th hole has intimidated many golfers at the US Open but not the young upstart John Paterson. He hit his shot, he watched in expectation as the ball rose into the sky and when it landed in the cup? You can watch the wild celebrations below.
Johnathan Byrd – Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, 2010
There’s two things to consider about this legendary hole-in-one. 1) What is Justin Timberlake doing staging his own PGA event? And 2) Is Johnathan Byrd a golfing wizard? Despite not being able to see the hole due to encroaching dusk, Byrd hits a soaring hole in one to take home the trophy. Justin, he was “Lovin’ it!”
Phil Mickleson – Barclay’s Scottish Open, 2008
Phil Mickleson has a glittering golfing CV with his fair share of hole-in-ones to boot. But there’s arguably none greater than this peach of a shot in the 2008 Barclay’s Scottish Open. From the moment that Phil struck the ball, it never looked in doubt.
Alvaro Quiros – Dubai Desert Classic, 2011
Quiros won Dubai’s Desert Classic by just one shot… And most would argue it was this magnificent hole-in-one that earned him the win. For a player who usually favours power over precision, it was an incredibly accurate drive that got the better of his opponents.
Zach Johnson – US Open, 2014
Pinehurst is a less-than-forgiving course for any pro golfer which makes this amazing shot by Zach Johnson all the more impressive. Johnson’s tee was hit with dramatic power and landed him directly on the green where the ball neatly rolled into the cup… Causing Zach to run amok in celebration.
Rahil Gangjee – Mylan Classic, 2011
As a 33-year-old rookie, nobody really expected much of Rahil Gangjee in 2011’s Mylan Classic. How wrong they were, as Rahil produced one of the rarest feats in professional golf, a hole-in-one on a par-four. It’s a tremendous effort and the look of sheer joy on Gangjee’s face is worth the watch alone.
Miguel Angel Jimenez – BMW PGA Championship, 2015
Not the most shocking hole-in-one on this list, but it’s certainly one of the greatest. In the 2016 BMW PGA Championship, Miguel Angel Jimenez became the first man to score 10 holes in one on The European Tour in truly stunning fashion with a 150-yard ace at Wentworth. Viva Jimenez!
Tiger Woods – Phoenix Open, 1997
With 18 holes-in-one to his name, Tiger Woods is a little over-qualified for this list but his most iconic ace came in the 1997 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. The 16th hole, the roaring crowds, the sound of the ball slapping against the cup… It’s possibly one of golf’s greatest ever moments.
Tiger Woods – US Bank Championship, 1996
Tiger announced his arrival on the pro circuit with this dramatic hole-in-one in 1996. He was only 20 at the time, and some say that this shot heralded the start of his world-famous fist pump, but there’s one thing that everybody can agree on… This was the ace that kick-started the career of a golfing legend.
Fuzzy Zoeller – Allianz Championship, 2006
Step aside Tiger. Sometimes to score a hole-in-one all you need is a little bit of luck. And that’s exactly what Fuzzy Zoeller had in 2006 when he hit this tee shot in 2006’s Allianz Championship. In fact, this bonkers hole-in-one was as mad as the man himself.
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