9 Most Amazing Hole-in-Ones in Golf This Year
The staff at PGA Tour Entertainment put together its favorite hole-in-ones from the 2013 season, and in partnership with Golf Digest, GeoffShackelford.com posted the team’s list on its site. We figured what better way to celebrate the end of another successful year than to highlight the staff’s top choices, tipping our hat to the PGA Tour professionals who rounded up this season’s best hole-in-one moments. There were a total of 30 holes-in-ones on the PGA Tour in 2013 — see if you agree with the staff’s top 9.
Update: while we didn’t think that there were any hole-in-ones the 2014 PGA tour that merited any particular mention, we thought this list deserved a revisit and we hope the 2015 season will bring more sensational golf highlights.
9. Shawn Stefani — 2013 U.S. Open
Up first at No. 9 is Shawn Stefani’s hole-in-one that he scored at the U.S. Open. Stefani put himself in the history books by making his ace on 17, and was the first player ever to do so at a U.S. Open at Merion. His hole-in-one marked the 43rd in U.S. Open history. Whether or not you agree with Stefani’s placement on the list, you have to agree his reaction is priceless.
8. Loren Roberts — 2013 AT&T Championship
PGA Tour Entertainment gives the No. 8 spot to Loren Roberts at the 2013 AT&T Championship. In the opening round of the championship, Roberts aced the 174-yard par-3 13th hole — and made it look easy. The last hole-in-one that took place at the AT&T Championship was back in 2009, courtesy of Mike McCullough at Oak Hills CC.
7. Mark Anderson — 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am
Coming in at No. 7 is Mark Anderson for his ace on the 14th hole at the 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am. After his 154-yard shot at the 14th hole, Anderson went on to win the championship in Greer, South Carolina. His ace marked the third hole-in-one at the Thornblade Club and the 20th of the year.
6. Kevin Chappell — 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Up next is Kevin Chappell thanks to his ace in the second round of the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Chappell holed his 217-yard tee shot for a hole-in-one on the par-3 14th hole. Despite his best efforts, Chappell didn’t make the cut at the championship and Tiger Woods went on to win.
5. Andrew Putnam — 2013 Web.com Tour Championship
Putnam makes the No. 5 spot on PGA Tour Entertainment’s list after acing his 199-yard shot on the 11th hole in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida at the 2013 Web.com Tour Championship. The player ranked No. 31 on Web.com Tour’s all-around ranking, and his hole-in-one in the 3rd round definitely helped his cause.
4. Chris Stroud — 2013 The Players
This next hole in one also occurred at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, but this time, it was made by Chris Stroud, who aced a 186-yard shot on the course’s 13th hole. Stroud made his big shot during the 3rd round of the 2013 Players Championship. It was the 11th hole-in-one at No. 13 in the history of the Players Championship, and the first ace at that hole since 2008. Not to mention it was a very pretty one.
3. Jordan Spieth — 2013 Puerto Rico Open
Making the coveted top-3 club is Jordan Spieth with his 199-yard hole-in-one at the 2013 Puerto Rico Open back in March. Spieth made his big shot at the 11th hole during the 3rd round of the championship, and although he didn’t win in Puerto Rico, he might have had the best golf shot of the entire week with his tee shot. His famous shot landed on the front of the green, tracked back towards the hole, and then dumped in for the ace.
2. Hunter Mahan — 2013 BMW Championship
The next man on the list at No. 2 is Hunter Mahan. Mahan’s hole-in-one just missed the No. 1 distinction, but it at least won Mahan a new electric BMW car, and led BMW to contribute $100,000 to the tournament’s charitable arm, the Evans Scholars Foundation. The player used a 5-iron to make a hole-in-one on Conway Farms’ s210-yard 17th hole in the BMW Championship in September.
1. K.J. Choi/Greg Palmers — 2013 The Barclays
PGA Tour Entertainment awarded the back-to-back group acers K.J. Choi and Greg Chalmers the No. 1 spot on its list, handing the award for the best 2013 hole-in-one to two golfers. Both players made aces on the par-3 14th hole during the third round of the Barclays in consecutive groups, and neither even seemed too surprised about it. Both Choi and Chalmers used pitching wedges to make their aces at the Liberty National Golf Club in August.
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