Oosthuizen hits bizarre hole-in-one

Louis Oosthuizen was one of three players to ace the 16th hole at the Masters on Sunday.
Louis Oosthuizen was one of three players to ace the 16th hole at the Masters on Sunday.

AUGUSTA • Louis Oosthuizen made one of the quirkiest holes-in-one on Sunday at the Masters that saw an unprecedented three aces at the 16th hole.

The South African watched playing partner J.B. Holmes go close at the 170-yard Redbud hole and then saw his own ball trickle down, nudge Holmes' ball billiard-style out of the way, and dive in on the follow-through.

Earlier, Ireland's Shane Lowry and US Davis Cup skipper Davis Love both aced the same hole, one of the best-known par-threes in the game.

"I saw my ball pitch in a good spot to have a chance and then I saw JB's ball and I thought, 'Oh, there goes the chance of a one'," Oosthuizen said.

"And then I just really watched the crowd and walking up there, I could see one was in there obviously really close and the other one is in. So I was just hoping that it was my ball that was in and not JB's because then neither of us would have a hole-in-one. He would have had to move his ball back."

Lowry was first to delight the packed galleries around the 16th, his eight-iron tee shot landing centre green and taking the slope left to plop into the hole.

Two pairings later, Love followed suit, high-fiving playing partner Webb Simpson after his perfect seven-iron.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2016, with the headline 'Oosthuizen hits bizarre hole-in-one'. Print Edition | Subscribe