An ace on a par 4 – out of the bunker? It happened!

Richard Green albatross
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Richard Green retrieved his ball Wednesday after it took one of the most unlikely paths ever from tee to the bottom of the cup.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 | 1:25 p.m.

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.

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"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 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.