Matthieu Pavon Makes Hole-In-One At US Open

Despite play only being a few hours old, Matthieu Pavon produced the first hole-in-one of the 123rd US Open

Matthieu Pavon raises his arms in the air next to his caddie following his ace
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Early on Thursday morning, the US Open got underway with many big names starting their campaigns for a potential Major championship. With the likes of Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas getting underway, attention was soon on Matthieu Pavon, with the Frenchman making an ace at the par 3 15th!

Playing in his third US Open, it was a stunning ace to behold, with Pavon's ball pitching past the pin and spinning back into the centre of the cup for the first ace in the tournament since Will Zalatoris' at Winged Foot GC in 2020.

Obviously, with this being a Major, you would have thought the 30-year-old's reaction would be quite animated but, you would be wrong, with Pavon raising his arms aloft before high-fiving his playing partners in quite a muted fashion.

Either way, it was a stunning shot at the short par 3 15th, with the ace moving the Frenchman from two-over-par to Level as his round began to come to a close. What's more, after a number of close calls at the hole, it was seemingly bound to happen at some point today.

A lot has been made of the par 3s coming into the week of the US Open at Los Angeles Country Club, particularly the seventh and 11th which, if they play their full distance in tournament play, would be the third and fourth longest holes in the tournament's history.

Pavon lines up a putt

Pavon qualified for the US Open by shooting 8-under-par at Walton Heath Golf Club

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Along with the lengthy par 3s there is also the 15th hole itself, which could become the shortest par 3 in US Open history if the flag is at the front. On the opening day, it is playing at around 125-yards but, if the front pin is in play, it could play as short as 78-yards!

With plenty of drama still ahead of us in LA, will we see more aces? Well, time will tell but, in Pavon's case, he can put himself in the history books, with the Frenchman making the 49th hole-in-one in the tournament's history.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

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Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

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