The last ace made on the 16th at TPC Scottsdale came from Francesco Molinari in 2015. Well, the Italian was just taken over.
During Saturday’s third round, Sam Ryder, coming off a birdie at the par-5 15th, made an ace in front of the rowdy, heavily lubricated, coliseum fans and the place went nuts.
Beer sprayed throughout the crowd and cans were tossed in every direction. Not sure if there’s a better place on Earth to make one.
🗣 ACE ON 16 🗣— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 12, 2022
What a place for @SamRyderSU‘s first ace on TOUR! pic.twitter.com/5AemLzhVG2
Just ask Tiger Woods, who did it back in 1997 and raised the roof in front of thousands. Although when he did it, the arena-like structures surrounding the hole didn’t yet exist.
Even better – this was Ryder’s first ace on Tour. This was the 10th hole-in-one at the 16th in tournament history.
For the record, he used a 54-degree wedge from 124 yards out.
Shoutout to the tournament workers at 16, look at this mess.
February 12, 2022
Playing with Ryder on Saturday is Brian Harman, who made two aces in the same round at the Barclays back in 2015.
“It was a pretty wild scene. I was just trying to dodge the beer cans,” Harman said. “I don’t mind them [fans] throwing them, but I had a couple almost hit me in the face. We didn’t really have anywhere to go. We were just kind of isolated out there.”
After the ace went down, it took about 15 minutes for clean-up crews to pick up all the beer cans and water bottles. Fans behind the green in the general admission seats were chanting “Volunteers! Volunteers!”
Chris Kirk hit first on the hole so it was Harman who had to wait out the cleanup.
“The rules official asked me if I wanted to hit with all the beer cans out there,” he said. “I declined and asked them to go clean it up.”
Here’s what PGA Tour rules official Stephen Cox had to say.
25 years in professional golf I’ve had a delay in play for situations related to weather, a gas leak, fire, medical emergency but never for excess beer cans 🍻 That’s me above the red line trying clean up the mess. Wild scenes @WMPhoenixOpen pic.twitter.com/z1zIZeIohN— Stephen Cox (@StephenCox27) February 12, 2022
This article originally appeared on Golfweek.