Hitting your tee shot to 1 foot on the renowned par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass is usually an extraordinary accomplishment, but it didn’t feel quite as special for Justin Thomas during Wednesday’s practice round in advance of the Players Championship.
That’s because he lost the hole to his good friend Rickie Fowler, who holed out from the tee before him:
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 10, 2017
Thomas, who was playing Fowler in a friendly match, had some fun with the situation:
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) May 10, 2017
Aces have not been common at the island green during competition. Before Will Wilcox made a hole-in-one last year, it had been 14 years since Miguel Ángel Jímenez made one in 2002. Approximately 6,300 tee shots took place between the two aces.
There have been seven aces at No. 17 in the tournament’s history, including holes-in-one by Fred Couples, Joey Sindelar and Paul Azinger.
Fowler, the 2015 Players champion, has a complicated history with TPC Sawgrass. He has missed the cut four times in seven appearances but has also notched a victory and a runner-up finish.
The 2017 Honda Classic champion tees off with Henrik Stenson and Jason Day at 8:16 a.m. on Thursday
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