Only a handful of players have ever made a hole-in-one on a par-4 hole, but the number grew by one on Wednesday. We can safely say, however, that the way Richard Green recorded his unusual ace is absolutely one of a kind.
Green, a lefthander from Australia who owns three European Tour victories, teed it up on the par-4 15th hole at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links in the pro-am ahead of the Oates Victorian Open, the first event of the 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia. He took a big swing – and pushed his ball off to the left.
The ball took one hard bounce in the fairway, and jumped into a bunker on the left-hand side of the fairway up by the green. Then, somehow, it ricocheted out – and speeded directly for the flag. A few hops and a little roll later, it smashed into the flagstick and dropped into the cup.
Unbelievable – except that it was caught on camera.
"I thought I would hit a driver and see what happens, I just pushed it a little bit," he told the PGA of Australasia website. "It was a good shot, but I knew it was going in the bunker so I was completely oblivious to the fact that it had made its way to the hole somehow."
This albatross is Green's first, and he said it surpasses his other holes-in-one on his list of career achievements.
"They [his previous aces] were fantastic moments but an albatross, I have never come close," he said. "They are something that may never happen to someone in their career as a professional. So to have one in even in a pro-am was very special."
Take a look – you have to see it to believe it.