Bizarre Oosthuizen ace makes for Masters record three
(Augusta,GA) Not one, not two but three aces on the final day of the 80th Masters.
Past Open champion Louis Oosthuizen had patrons cheering wildly for the third time with the most bizarre ace on the final day of the Masters.
Earlier in the day, Ireland’s Shane Lowry ended a four-year hole-in-one drought at the par three 16th and strangely the 16th ace in Augusta history.
Two groups later, USA Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III, had the crowd on their feet again when he played almost the same shot right of the flag as Lowry and watched as his ball also trickled down the slope and into the cup.
Nine groups later, J B Holmes put his shot several feet from the flag at the 16th before Oosthuizen stepped up only to hit the American’s ball, which then deflected the South African’s ball ‘legally’ into the bottom of the cup for the 18th ace at the 16th.
Oosthuizen, the winner of the 2010 Open at St. Andrews, dropped his club in amazement and threw both arms skywards.
“I saw my ball pitch in a good spot to have a chance and then saw it hit J.B.’s ball and thought, ‘There goes my chance of a one and then just really watched the crowd,’” Oosthuizen said.
“Walking up there, I could see one was obviously really close and the other was in,” Oosthuizen said. “I was just hoping it was my ball that was in and not J.B.’s, because then neither of us would have had a hole-in-one. He had to move his ball back.”
It is also the first occasion there has been three aces at any hole in a particular year at Augusta National, let alone in the same round.
While the 29-year old Lowry didn’t get to celebrate becoming the first sporting a beard to win at Augusta National he did enjoy the occasion on the 16th tee.
Indeed, Lowry was all set to hurl the ball into the crowd but thought otherwise.
“No, I thought I’ll keep it and put it with the other two balls I have for hole-in-one’s I’ve made in my career,” he said smiling.
“I had a 180-yards downwind and it was just a perfect 8-iron for me. I had been hitting good shots all day, so it was a fairly easy shot.”
“So I am fairly happy and I will get a picture of playing the shot and stick it up in my house, for sure.”
Lowry closed out his first four round appearance in the Masters – ace, bogey and birdie – in a score of 75 for a 10-over par total.
He had stormed his way to the top of the Augusta board early on day one with four birdies in his opening five holes ahead of birdie at eight to go to five under par and eventually posted an impressive four-under par 68.
But it was the high water mark of his Masters quest as he went on to post a second and third day scores of 76 and 79.
And when Lowry was asked if he would be shouting the bar at his beloved Esker Hills Golf Club in Dublin, he laughed: “Now, don’t go writing stuff like that in the newspaper.”