When a PGA Tour pro hits a pitch so precise that it kisses the cup and keeps rolling, as Will Zalatoris did at the Scottish Open Thursday, it’s hardly a cause for further examination. But to comprehend what happened next might require a second viewing (or 20).
Zalatoris’ fourth shot on the par-5 16th hole caught a piece of the cup and rolled to a stop about five feet away — directly on top of the poker chip ball marker belonging to Matt Fitzpatrick, the man who bested him in a playoff at the U.S. Open.
Check out the mesmerizing footage below, along with the mostly oblivious commentary that accompanied the shot.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 7, 2022
The camera operator was, thankfully, way ahead of the announcers. Frank Nobilo and his PGA Tour Live broadcast partners were too caught up in their chit-chat to notice where Zalatoris’ ball had settled, but some precise zooming quickly clued them in.
You know it’s rare when a caddie busts out the phone to take a picture pic.twitter.com/C02TNE7jIg
— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) July 7, 2022
The sight was so odd, Collin Morikawa’s caddie knelt down to snap a picture for posterity. Unfortunately for Willy Z, his round otherwise lacked excitement. The 25-year-old submitted a 1-over 71 to finish 10 shots behind Cameron Tringale, who set a scorching early pace with a 61.