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.