How do you warm up for a tournament? Well, if you're PGA Professional Craig Thomas, you don't just make an ace in your practice round. You make two aces.
Not only that, you make both of those holes-in-one in the span of three holes.
Thomas, the PGA head professional at Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, N.Y., aced both the 15th and 17th holes at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va., on Wednesday during his final warm-up for this week’s Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship. Thomas, who turned 50 in August, is making his debut in this event, the biggest for PGA club professionals age 50 or older.
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Thomas used a 7-iron on the 169-yard, par-3 15th at Creighton Farms, and holed out a 5-iron on the 205-yard, par-3 17th hole. Unfortunately for him, he didn't see either go in.
''My eyes are going, so I tell my playing partners that I haven’t seen a ball even land in a year,'' Thomas told Randy Stutzman of The PGA of America . ''Brett Upper told me the ball bounced once and went in on 15. And on 17, Mark Mielke said that 17 is an easy par 3. He said, 'You hit it left and the ball will go down to the hole, or hit it right, and it works about the same way.'
''Mark said that I hit it 15 feet short and left and the ball trickled toward the hole. I thought there's no way this could happen again. But it did.''
The practice round itself is kind of unique - score isn't kept and pros will sometimes putt multiple times on the green, but Stutzman said both aces were legit. One ball on each.
There are several sources that cite odds, but for a Tour caliber player, the odds range at about 3,000 to 1 for a hole in one. Two aces in a round and the odds go to 1 in 67 million.And if you think making two aces in one round is amazing, check this out.
Before Wednesday, the most recent of Thomas' nine career holes-in-one came on the 17th hole at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. – during a practice round for the 2004 PGA Championship.