PGA.com- There has only been one hole-in-one on a par-4 hole in PGA Tour history – by Andrew Magee back in 2001. Aaron Baddeley knocked his tee shot into the hole on the par-4 17th hole in the Valero Texas Open on Thursday, but it only counted for a birdie 3. In surely one of the flukiest holes ever played, Baddeley hit his tee shot on the 336-yard hole way left and out of bounds. So he took a penalty stroke, teed up another ball – and knocked it right into the hole. The birdie helped to boost Baddeley to a 4-under 68, which left him one shot off the lead after the first round. There’s apparently no video of his shot, but the graphic below from the PGA Tour illustrates what happened:
Remember on the Monday Morning Golf Recap how I toyed around with the idea of having a Craziest Birdie of the Week category? Last week it was Camilo Villegas at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on 18 where he birdied after a wayward tee shot and a hole-in from the bunker. Well this week we’ve got the craziest birdie of all time. Not the week, not the past 6 months, not the past 3 years, not the past 10 years. It’s the craziest birdie of all time. Aaron Baddeley getting a hole-in-one that only counts as a birdie because his drive before went out of bounds. Unbelievable. Golf is the best. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, this happens. Dude fucks up his first drive so badly on a par-4 that it goes out of bounds and he has to hit another tee shot. And the second tee shot goes in. Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum. Ho hum. Just another birdie of the scorecard. Nothing to see here.
PS- How the fuck is there no video of the shot? HOW. Somebody explain that to me. It’s 20 fucking 15. He’s playing in a PGA event. It’s not like he was out on a random Saturday with his buddies and something crazy like this happened. Somebody fire somebody. The craziest birdie of all time and all we have is a goddamn shot tracker shot of what happened. Blasphemy.
Double PS- All I could think about when I heard about Baddeley’s birdie was Happy Gilmore getting a hole-in-one on a par-4 and being like, “That was so much easier than putting. I should just try to get the ball in one shot every time. that every time.” That’s Baddeley. “That was so much easier than hitting it out of bounds first. I should just try t get the ball in one shot every time.”