English golfer Aaron Rai drills the second hole in one at the 17th hole of the PLAYERS Championship
Aaron Rai took advantage of an advantageous pin position on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday.
The English golfer hit an ace for the 41st hole-in-one in PLAYERS Championship history.
It was also the first hole-in-one of his career.
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Hayden Buckley made a hole in one of his own on Thursday. He was only the sixth man to get up on the hole in the competition.
Buckley went wild after his ace, but Rai played it cool, just raising his arms in the air and cheering spectators on his way to the trophy.
“Promised. It’s so blurry,” Rai told the NBC broadcast after his tour. “To see him disappear and my caddy run to me, it’s something I’ll remember forever.”
He did, however, give his caddy the signature bearhug.
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The ace suddenly put Rai in legitimate contention, putting him at eight under for the tournament, tied for seventh. He then birdied 18 to finish his day tied for fourth at -9.
He was the first golfer in PLAYERS history to finish his round with a birdie-ace-birdie, according to the broadcast, shooting a 31 on the back nine.
Rai has six professional wins under his belt, but none yet on the PGA Tour. (He has two wins on the DP Tour, known as the European Tour.)
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Rai finished T18 in PLAYERS 2021, his last appearance in the tournament. He is usually known for wearing two gloves instead of the usual one, but now, he has another claim to fame.
MW Lee leads the way at -13, while Scottie Scheffler trails by a stroke.