Patrick Burch got a high-five from Aubie the Tiger after his car-winning putt at halftime of the Mississippi-State-Auburn basketball game.
The PGA Tour is out at Riviera this weekend, but the coolest putt anyone made on Saturday came on the court at halftime of the Mississippi State-Auburn basketball game.
Patrick Burch of Birmingham was plucked from the crowd to attempt a full-court putt – make it and he wins a car. Burch stepped up, made a nice, smooth stroke, and rolled the ball from baseline to baseline, right into the hole – and won a new Toyota.
"I didn't even think I was going to hit the board," he told AL.com. "That's like 90-something feet, right? I just put it down and hit it."
That's amazing enough. His backstory makes his feat just mind-boggling.
According to the AL.com report, Burch, a 28-year-old IT specialist, had never gone to a basketball game before. Then he was selected at random from everyone in attendance at Auburn Arena for the promotion. And then he was told that no one had ever made the putt, a halftime staple at Auburn games.
And the kicker: Burch doesn't play golf.
"Nope," he said. "I don't even putt-putt very well."
After his prodigious putt, Burch just might become a bigger fan of War Eagle hoops – and of golf.