There have been some incredible holes-in-one this year. Peyton Manning hit one; Lexi Thompson and Hunter Mahan won cars for their aces; Miguel Angel Jimenez earned 100 bottles of wine for his; PGA Tour rookie Jordan Spieth sank an ace during a practice round at the Presidents Cup; and a New Mexico man collected $1 million for his hole-in-one.
As far as we can tell, those all occurred on par-3 holes. After all, those are generally anywhere from 100-300 yards, so a manageable distance off the tee.
But on Wednesday, PGA Tour pro Jason Kokrak holed his tee shot on the par-4, 409-yard fifth hole at the Seaside Course in Sea Island, Ga., site of this week’s PGA Tour stop, The McGladrey Classic. He was playing in the pro-am, which is unfortunate because it didn’t count in an actual tournament and no video was captured. But Twitter was there.
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Had Kokrak sank his improbable shot Thursday or during any other official round, it would have marked only the second hole-in-one on a par 4 in tour history. The first came at the 2001 Waste Management Open in Phoenix, when Andrew Magee got some help on the par-4 17th at TPC Scottsdale. His ball reached the green, collided with the putter of a player in the group ahead of him, and found the hole.
So yeah, Kokrak’s is more legit.