Robert Garrigus nearly became the second player in PGA Tour history to record a hole-in-one on a par 4 — and he almost did it on the same hole as the only player in Tour history to accomplish the feat.
In the second round of the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, Garrigus came to the tee at the 317-yard, par-4 and hit a Callaway Golf Rogue 4-wood toward the front-right hole location. His tee shot rattles the flagstick but doesn’t go down. However, he’s left with a tap-in eagle that the raucous crowd at TPC Scottsdale loved.
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TPC Scottsdale’s 17th hole is the site of the only par-4 hole-in-one in PGA Tour history. In 2001, Andrew Magee made an ace on this hole. On that day, Magee’s drive on the 332-yard hole actually ricocheted off the putter head of Tom Byrum, who was on the green at the risk-reward hole, before finding its way into the cup.
No video exists of Magee’s ball going in the hole. However, Magee described the shot on-air when he was an analyst on Golf Channel over footage of Byrum’s reaction as the ball caromed off his putter and his subsequent celebration.
There have been close calls in the last few years. Ryan Moore nearly made a par-4 ace on the 10th hole at Riviera Country Club in the 2015 Genesis Open. His tee shot lipped out on the 286-yard hole before falling 30 yards away on the roll. He made bogey.
A month later, Aaron Baddeley made a hole-in-three on a par 4 in the Valero Texas Open. After hitting his first tee shot well left and into hazardous forest, Baddeley re-teed on the 17th hole in the first round and holed out for an unreal birdie. Again, no video of it.
“I hit the second one, man, why didn’t I do that the first time? And it rolls up and goes in,” said Baddeley after the round.
In January 2018, Dustin Johnson nearly made the second par-4 ace in PGA Tour history with a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions. His tee shot bounded down the fairway, onto the green and came up 6 inches short of an improbable ace.