The best aces in golf of 2016

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Is anything in golf more fun to watch than a hole in one? These aces will have your jaw on the floor.
By Matt S. Craig
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, December 18, 2016 | 12:44 p.m.

For anyone who's ever played golf and stood on the tee box of a par 3, you know.

Practically, it's more important to make all of your par putts, or hit every fairway with your driver. But you know, there's nothing like standing on the tee box and seeing the flag a mere 150 yards away and thinking, "I could make this."

As someone who has never made a hole-in-one in my life, I can tell you that there's nothing I want more than to see my ball disappear on a par 3 for my first ace.

The people on this list don't have that problem. Not only did they record a hole-in-one, but they did so in the most epic ways possible. These are the best aces of 2016.

9. Derek Jeter's (fake?) ace at his own celebrity golf event. Well we ought to address this right off the start. The mere possibility of Jeter nailing a hole-in-one at his own event, the Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational in Las Vegas in April, makes this shot worthy of this list. Yet the video, posted by his sister Sharlee on Instagram, raises the question as to the legitimacy of the ace. Personally, I'm on the side of thinking it's fake. What do you think? Take a look and decide for yourself.

 

 

Love my job!!! Hole in one by #DerekJeter...or is it? #DJCI #Turn2is20 #Turn2 #DJCI2016

A video posted by Sharlee Jeter (@sjeter2) on

 

8. Justin Rose hits first hole-in-one in modern Olympic history. While it's impossible to confirm due to the fact that the last Olympic golf competition was held 112 years ago, Rose's ace is thought to be the first hole-in-one in all of Olympic golf history. And the Englishman was not done making history after this single shot, as he went on to claim the first individual gold medal in modern Olympic golf history as well. You can watch the video of the now legendary shot here.

7. The first ace of Lydia Ko's decorated career coming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Not to be outdone, Ko drained her tee ball at the 140 yard 8th hole during the third round of the women's Olympic competition. At just 19 year's old, she has already claimed 14 LPGA Tour victories and a pair of major championships. However, she had never made an ace in competition until this sawed-off 7 iron in Rio. Ko went on to claim the silver medal. You can watch the video of the shot here.

6. Woman makes hole-in-one in her first golf lesson. Well it's all downhill from here. One story we couldn't stop talking about last month was a woman reportedly recording an ace in her very first golf lesson. Apparently she took the lesson of "golf is about putting this little white ball into the hole" very literally. While this video could also be fake, the swing and reactions seem real to me!

5. A hole-in-one at the most famous par 3 in golf. Will Wilcox had perhaps the best reaction to an ace of the entire year after making his ball disappear into the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. It was the seventh hole-in-one on the hole in the history of The Players, and the first since Miguel Angel Jimenez did it in 2002. Pure joy.

4. Louis Oosthuizen's ball bounces off playing partner's and into hole at the Masters. Another of the most storied par 3 holes in the world is undoubtedly the 16th at Augusta National, which has given golf fans incredible drama throughout the years. One thing that it has never seen is an ace like Oosthuizen's at this year's Masters. The South African hit the third ace on the hole of the day in special form, as his ball ricocheted off of playing partner J.B. Holmes' and into the hole.

3. Brooke Henderson wins hole-in-one car, gives it to caddie sister. This entry gains bonus points due to the story surrounding it. The LPGA's breakout star had promised her sister and caddie Brittany that if Brooke were to earn an automobile for an ace it would be hers. It finally happened during the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, en route to the first major championship victory of Henderson's young career. Brooke made good on her promise, and handed the keys to her sister with thanks for the correct yardage.

 

A hole-in-one, a car, and...a kiss. Nice shot, @brookehendersongolf.

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2. A walk off ace at high school event in Tennessee. One of the craziest golf stories of the year occured during the girls' portion of the Matt Cunningham Baylor Preview high school golf tournament in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Two freshmen golfers made holes-in-one with consecutive swings early in the day, marked at 17 million-to-one odds by the Hole in One Registry, and that wasn't even the story of the day! That came from Mississippi State commit Ashley Gilliam, who came to the par 3 closing hole with her team trailing by a single stroke before an unbelievable walk-off ace gave her Coffee County Lady Raiders a 293-294 victory.

1. Tiger Woods witnesses boy's first hole-in-one at opening of his course. It's incredible to think a walk-off ace wouldn't be the best ace of the year, but listen to this. Woods was on hand for the opening of his 10-hole par 3 course at Bluejack National, which included a group of young golfers getting a chance to break it in, when 11-year-old Taylor Crozier stepped up to the first tee and drained a hole-in-one on the very first shot in the course's history. He was rewarded with a huge hug from Woods and a memory he will never forget.

 

Matt S. Craig is a PGA.com intern and a Digital Sports Production student at Ball State University.