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Fans at the Waste Management Phoenix Open were treated to a moment of history on Saturday, as 32-year-old, Sam Ryder, made the 10th ever ace at the iconic par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. (opens in new tab)
There had been a number of close calls throughout the third round. However, it was the American who provided the pivotal moment, holing his wedge shot to an absolute frenzy!
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Fans had been queuing since 2.30am to get their seats at TPC Scottsdale's 'Coliseum' and, let's just say, they weren't let down, with the ace from Ryder the first in over seven years.
Going into the event, a Waste Management Phoenix Open (opens in new tab) distributor predicted to serve around 750,000 servings of beer. When that hole-in-one went in, it's likely 10,000 of that ended up sprayed across the 16th green!
Rolling into the cup with barely any momentum, the ace understandably sent the 20,000 fans surrounding the green into meltdown, with a Coors Light mist appearing as beer was thrown from every direction possible.
Obviously, expecting the beer cans to be chucked, you have to take your hat off to the cleaning staff around the 16th, who had the green and surrounding areas cleared in no time.
What a fantastic tournament the Waste Management Phoenix Open is!
Soak in the scene, @SamRyderSU. pic.twitter.com/sNLEOLJ8WqFebruary 12, 2022
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. 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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