Ryan Moore made history on Thursday in the opening round of the 2019 Players Championship, notching the ninth hole-in-one on the famous par-3 17th in the tournament’s history at TPC Sawgrass.
In the opening round of the first Players Championship played in March since 2006, the island-green 17th was playing 121 yards to a front-center hole location. It’s the perfect pin for a hole-in-one, as players as able to throw the ball beyond the hole, catching a slope and bringing the ball back into the cup. However, that wasn’t how Moore made his first-round ace.
Moore’s tee shot was coming in hot, likely to go a little long of catching the ideal slope. And then his ball his somewhere on the lower portion of the flag stick and dropped down in the hole for a slam-dunk hole-in-one.
🚨 HOLE-IN-ONE 🚨
SLAM DUNK FOR @RYANMOOREPGA!
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 14, 2019
The amphitheater crowd went absolutely nuts at the 17th as Moore took bows around for the gallery.
Starting his round on No. 10, Moore’s ace got him to 4 under par on the round, where he would turn in 32 to kick off his week.
This is the first hole-in-one on No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass since Sergio Garcia made an ace in the first round in 2017.