veryone has ideas of the perfect start to their round as they drive to the course. For most golfers, this entails a strong tee shot, a nice approach towards the green, and then holing the birdie putt. For the most ambitious among us, carding an eagle on January 1st is a pipe dream, but it crosses the line into greed.
Chris Kirk took it to the next level on Thursday in the World Wide Technology Championship.
Kirk pulled out his 6-iron and aimed for the green at El Camaleón Golf Course’s par-3 10th hole (his first of the day) with clouds in the sky and the light just peaking over the horizon. He drew back his club and aimed his ball squarely towards the pin.
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The ball came to a stop just short of the pin and began rolling towards the hole. However, because to the low morning light, the group was unable to tell where it had ended up.
There was no ball in sight as they reached the green.
Kirk added, “It’s either in or barely over in the rough.”
Kirk’s caddie confirmed that his player’s pearly white ball was staring back at him when he examined the hole. On the first swing of the day, I hit a hole-in-one.
Kirk stated, “It made me feel a little better about my 4:30 a.m. wake-up call this morning.” “It was a lot of fun.”
Not a bad way to begin the day.