Rickie Fowler finished off his round on Thursday in serious style.
After playing his first 17 holes on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in a solid 2-under par, he stepped up to the challenging downhill par-3 9th hole in search of a strong finish. What he got, was some fireworks we would have expected to see a few weeks ago during the 4th of July.
Check this out:
Landing short and left of the front hole location, Rickie’s ball navigated its way past the other two balls on the green (of playing partners Ben Crane and James Hahn) and found a cozy home– at the bottom of the 9th green’s cup.
Crane and Hahn– two of the Tour’s most out-going players– predictably went crazy, as the typically low-key Fowler couldn’t help toss the club to the side, take of his hat and let his emotion show.
The hole-in-one is his most famous since executing this shot a few years ago…
After all, it seemed like he due after this one found a way of missing at last month’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay:
And you know what, it almost looked like for a second, that it was going to do this:
Probably the coolest part of this hole in one is that it came in walk-off fashion. Rarely to PGA Tour courses end in par-3s (except at the Greenbrier), but when the players finished on hole 9, the chances of the walk-off ace became a reality.
Now most guys go a little nuts no matter when they jar their tee shots, but Rickie didn’t need to worry about composure, keeping his adrenaline down or worrying about more shots to play on the day– he was done.
And he’ll head to the clubhouse for a drink!
If only he drank.