Hole-In-One Wins Shriner’s Open

You are on the 4th playoff hole with two other golfers… it’s getting dark… there’s time for one more hole…  what do you do?

If you are Jonathan Byrd at the PGA Tour’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open in Las Vegas, you grab your 6-iron and ace the 204 yard 17th at TPC Summerlin so you can take home the $774,000 winners check.  That’s what!

What an amazing finish it was this Sunday.  According the to PGA Tour this is the first hole-in-one to win a PGA Tour Title.

Jonathon Byrd was in a three-way playoff with Martin Laird and Cameron Percy.  He was the first to tee off on that final hole of the day.  Byrd aces the hole with a shot that hit about ten feet short and rolled in.  In the fading light he wasn’t even sure it went in.

The thing I would like to know is… what is going through those three golfers’ minds as the other two had to hit their shots?  How hard was it for Byrd to stand there quietly and give his playing partners their chance?  Was he worried they might ace the hole too?  And were Martin and Cameron thinking they had a chance?  Was it nerves, pressure, or despair that caused them both to hit into the water?

In case you missed seeing the shot, you can watch it here via Youtube.

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