On a golf course where tradition is everything, this is one tradition where fans and pros alike can let loose, at least during the practice round.
It’s believed that skipping balls over the lake on the 16th hole has been around since the 1980’s, starting with Lee Trevino. Over the years there have been some amazing shots and now the fans expect and demand the tradition to take place. Some pros have even been booed when they opt out, Davis Love III being one of them. Clearly this is one important moment for the people, and there’s nothing to lose for the pros.
“For some people, it’s the only day they’ll be here. It might be the only day they’ll ever be here,” said Love. “If you don’t do it, you’re going to let someone down.”
The 16th, essentially a tee and a green connected by a narrow strand of water, has been the sight of many dramatic moments at the Masters, from Tiger Woods holing an improbable chip that carried him to the green jacket in 2005 to Greg Norman dumping his tee shot in the water to finish off a stunning collapse two decades ago.
Here are some of the shots:
Martin Kaymer making a hole-in-one
Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, and Jim Furyk #classic
Jason Day’s shot is almost perfect
Even the fans try out the tradition
And this is what happens when you miss..
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A fun tradition for a traditional golf course. I think this one is a little more refined than the party hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but it’s getting there.