Zach Johnson has won one major, but never the U.S. Open. Over the last ten he’s only made the cut in five and hasn’t finished better than a tie for 30th.
Sunday–Father’s Day–he isn’t going to finish any better. After shooting over par in each round (71, 74, 72, and 72) for a+9 for the tournament he is going to finish tied for 41st barring a collapse by someone in front of him. However, his ace on the ninth is going to be the most watched one of the day.
Why? The ninth is a par three–and he hit a beauty of a shot with his 7-iron for a hole in one!
It is only the 44th hole-in-one made during U.S Open play. When you consider that this is the 114th edition of the tournament (first was in 1895) and the number of holes that have been played it really puts the accomplishment in to perspective.
So even though it may be unorthodox for a golfer to run along the ropes during play high-fiving fans Happy Gilmore-style when you do something that so few have done including some of the games greats–well, it’s well deserved.
Or as commentator Johnny Miller put it: “Why not, he doesn’t have to putt.”