On Saturday afternoon, Sam Ryder wrote himself into the history books as he produced the 10th ever hole-in-one at the iconic 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale.
After holing his 125-yard wedge shot, the crowd, understandably, went berserk, with cans of beer flying onto the green and surrounding areas. The ace also produced some fanfare on social media, with multiple fans and spectators filming the moment, including the Scottsdale Police Department!
Standing to the right of the green, an Officer from the SPD, had been describing the atmosphere in 'The Coliseum', as well as reminding fans to have a designated driver to get them back home safely. Watching Ryder's shot in the air, his golf ball fell into the hole, causing even some of the calmest people in Scottsdale to celebrate madly as the video below shows.
Watch a member of the Police Department celebrate below:
The unbelievable moment when @SamRyderSU hit a hole in one on the 16 at @TPCScottsdale. You could not get a closer seat at @WMPhoenixOpen 2022!!!@PGATour #SamRyder#joinSPD #WMPO #greenestshow pic.twitter.com/oGWA4Ax9yoFebruary 13, 2022
As Ryder strikes the shot, the Officer can be heard saying: "Here it goes" before the golf ball finds the bottom of the cup, with the remaining audio simply being: "You just witnessed a hole-in-one! Can you believe that!"
Whilst he is giving his reaction, you can also see the bombardment of beer cans from above, with hundreds and hundreds peppering the green. Wrapping up the video, the final words that can be heard are: "This is amazing!"
In all honesty, we have to agree with him!
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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.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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