By Andrew Wright published
For the millions of recreational golfers out there, getting a hole-in-one can be a lifelong quest. But for those who make the game look far easier than it is, put any club in their hands and they can make it happen, can't they?
That was the challenge set to PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Will Zalatoris. The 25-year-old made his first ace at the age of eight and was tasked with recreating this magical moment at the same hole on Mariners Point in California, using the same club he did all those years ago.
The first time he did it, he started crying and called his dad immediately, who fell out of the chair he had been occupying. Check out what happened this time around:
He might have to add his junior club to the bag. 😂@WillZalatoris attempts to recreate his first hole-in-one from when he was 8 years old. pic.twitter.com/5ihwgOGaU2December 7, 2021
In his short career, Zalatoris has become known for his prodigious iron game, so it's little wonder he found the target so quickly. The Californian made a name for himself among the masses with his highly impressive showing at this year's Masters, where he finished second, one shot behind eventual winner Hideki Matsuyama.
And speaking of holes-in-one, he also made one in just his second major appearance at the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot, where he would go on to finish in a tie for sixth place alongside then-World No. 1, Dustin Johnson.
Now that he's secured his full playing privileges on the PGA Tour for 2022, he'll be looking to build on this early career promise. He's next in action this week at the QBE Shootout where he's teaming up with Sean O'Hair in his first appearance in the fun-filled off-season doubles event.
A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform covering football, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1, but he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing. He now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a handicap of 1. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
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