Richard Green had hit his tee shot to the short par-4 15th at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, Australia. The ball hit the ground and was heading for the bunker. Then as it rattled around in the sand, the ball hit something, popped out of the bunker and right into the hole for a very rare, par-4 ace.
Green didn't see the ball go in on the 358-meter hole (where the tees were up) during the Oates Vic Open pro-am, but heard a fan at the green cheering wildly and could only presume the best.
“I couldn’t see it but we heard sort of a bit of noise up here and someone was cheering," Green said. "I didn’t think it was in the hole or anything, but that’s unbelievable.”
As you might guess, the 43-year-old Aussie has never made a hole-in-one on a par 4.
Andrew Magee is the only player ever to have made a par-4 ace on the PGA Tour, doing so at the 2001 Waste Management Phoenix Open. At the par-4 17th, Magee's drive hit off the putter of Tom Gillis and ricocheted into the hole.
No matter how Green earned it, he was thrilled with the result.
"An albatross," he said with a wide grin on his face, "they don't happen."