In the training round on Tuesday before the Masters tournament, Spanish golfer Jon Rahm managed the rarest stroke in golf: a hole-in-one. The only way to make the shot more exciting is to sink it on his 26th birthday.
From pond to pin! Rahm jumps to a hole-in-one at no. 16 at #themasters pic.twitter.com/JNNPWgW9OP
– The Masters (@TheMasters) November 10, 2020
The Masters tweeted a video of Rahm’s shot jumping over a pond directly into hole 16 of the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia. After the ball rolled into the hole, the camera pans to Rahm, who puts his hands up in a celebratory manner and lets his caddy take a squeeze before he wipes the club and runs to the next hole.
According to the website The Masters, Augusta’s Hole 16 is called “Redbud”. It is a par 3 and 170-yard shot, making it the second shortest distance from the tee to the entire course. Hole 12 (also a par 3) is the shortest at only 155 yards.
“This hole is played completely above water to a green secured by three bunkers. Since the putting surface is clearly inclined from right to left, a challenging tee shot is required to achieve a reasonable birdie chance,” says the description on The Masters website.
This was not the only sweet shot from Rahm this week. He hit another hole-in-one on Monday on his Instagram on hole 4 (240 yards, par 3). In the video in which he retrieves his ball, Rahm ironically said: “It won’t happen again. If only he could know that he would hit another hole-in-one the next day.
Watch this post on Instagram
Hole-in-one’s are always something special, especially at Augusta National. Let’s hope that this will happen again in the course of this week! @themasters Thanks to @rickiefowler for the ð¥
A joint contribution by Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@jonrahm) on 9 November 2020 at 13:44 PST
Rahm certainly hopes to maintain this momentum when the Masters tournament starts on Thursday. “Hole-in-one’s are always something special, especially at Augusta National. Here’s to hoping it happens again at the end of the week,” he wrote in the Instagram headline.
Two Hole-in-oneâs in two days – Happy Birthday to me! https://t.co/66dxOr47T7
– Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@JonRahmpga) November 10, 2020
While it’s impressive to make two hole-in-ones, people are simply amazed at the incredible shot he made on Tuesday. Some sports reporters on Twitter called it “the greatest golf shot in history. Definitely not a bad birthday present if you ask me.
Is this the best golf shot in history? Jaw drop by Jon Rahm!!! Yes, only in the practice round, but then he wouldn’t have tried it later in the week either! https://t.co/JpBF3IxkMX
– Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) November 10, 2020
Practice round or not … this is probably the best golf shot I have ever seen. Unbelievable https://t.co/tCJHJ8FWtY
– Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) November 10, 2020
Others praised him for not starting to drink as soon as the shot was fired. Given that it was his second hole-in-one this week and his birthday, a toast would certainly not have been out of place.
I like his takeaway and #transition, but I think it says a lot about your game when your playing partners don’t immediately pull out beer and fireballs after an ace. https://t.co/Wq6oCblbuv
– Andy Swan (@AndySwan) November 10, 2020
Some people were more technical in their praise. The editor of the Wall Street Journal, Dave Marino-Nachison, pointed out that the key to strategy is to sink the hole-in-one by aiming away from the other balls on the green.
Excellent strategy, which is shown here. Had he chosen a more direct path to the hole, he might have been able to hit his ball into the one that was already on the green. I advise players to aim their balls at other golfers’ balls, and this is a great example of why. #TheMasters2020 https://t.co/nFmN04tNFg
– Dave Marino-Night Season (@marinonight Season) November 10, 2020
In the run-up to the tournament, Rahm talked about how walking on Magnolia Lane gives him “butterflies” and that he is constantly learning on the course. “It is such a special, iconic place for golfers,” he said in a video.