By the time Louis Oosthuizen reached the 16th tee box at the Masters on Sunday, holes-in-one were a dime a dozen.
So, Oosthuizen gave ’em an ace with a kiss.
Oosthuizen’s tee shot landed to the right of the hole, trickled down the slope, then caressed off the ball that J.B. Holmes had hit onto the green moments earlier.
The ricochet pushed Oosthuizen’s shot to the right, then the ball redirected — straight into the hole. It’s the first time there have been three aces on the same hole in the same Masters — let alone the same day at the Masters.
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“If there’s a place where you want to make a long putt or a chip or something like that, that’s where you want to do it,” Oosthuizen said.
The 16th hole is always set up for drama on Sundays. Shane Lowry and Davis Love III also made aces there.
“But you still have to hit a good shot,” Holmes said.
The former Taylor County and University of Kentucky star, who four PGA Tour victories, did just that himself.
Holmes’ tee shot stopped about 5 feet from the hole before Oosthuizen’s shot displaced it.
Holmes replaced his ball, as is called for in the Rules of Golf, and made birdie.
After a final-round 68, Holmes finished tied for fourth at 1 under.
It was the best finish of his career at a major. Before that, a tie for 14th at the British Open in 2010 was his best performance in a major.
His two previous Masters results were a tie for 25th in 2008 and a missed cut in 2015.