NFL QB's rare hole in one

TJ Yates
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TJ Yates poses with his hole in one ball on the 7tth green at Sugar Hill in Atlanta, Ga.
By Michael Benzie
PGA.com
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 8:49 a.m.

It's been well over a month since this happened (Oct. 28, 2014), but how about a shout out for Atlanta Falcons quarterback TJ Yates, who accomplished a rare golf feat during the team's bye week, according to this piece at the team's website.

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A hole in one on a par 4, or a 2 on a par 5, is obviously rare. Many sites quote the odds around 1 in 13,000 for a par-4 ace for an average golfer. Yates is 27, and told the Falcons reporter he has been playing since he was 20, so we'll assume he's an average golfer, even though many quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Tony Romo are known as very strong players.

 

 

My first ever hole in one! DOUBLE EAGLE! 341yd Par 4 No. 8 at Sugar Hill Golf Club

A photo posted by TJ Yates (@tj_yates) on

 

 

According to the story, Yates went to play Sugar Hill Golf Club with his wife Amy near the Falcons Flowery Branch HQ north of Atlanta during the bye week, prior to Atlanta's game at Tampa Bay. He said he teed up a 3-wood on the 291-yard 7th hole. (Note: Yates said in his Instagram post this was the eighth hole, but he may have been delirious in excitement. The Sugar Hill Hole In One club and scorecard has this as No. 7.)

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The hole-in-one story might sound familiar to the few that have aced a par 4. Yates said he assumed his shot was on the green, but he lost track of the ball and later figured he lost the ball. But soon enough, he found his ball in the cup.

Here's what he told the Falcons website:

"I scared her because I screamed so loud. I was like, 'Holy crap!' I was looking in the hole and she said my face just went white. She thought something was dead in the hole, like an animal. I was so surprised the ball was in there. I went nuts. I was shaking. I wish I could have seen it go in. I couldn't even really see the green where I was. I could see part of it because it was so far away. You kinda wish you could be out there with some of your golf buddies or some of the guys you usually play with because my wife was like, 'Is that good?' I was like, 'Yeah, that's pretty good.' "

It could also be noted that the Falcons' fortunes have turned slightly as well since the bye week. They ended a five-game losing streak, climbed into the driver's seat for a division title and beat the team with the NFC's best record.

Mike Benzie is director of content of PGA.com.