Vijay Singh's skip-across-the-water ace at the Masters

Vijay Singh
Here's a look back at a 2009 Masters practice round, when 2000 Masters champ Vijay Singh aced the par-3 16th hole after skipping the ball across the water.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 | 9:13 a.m.

The Masters has so many great, fun traditions.

Two of those fun on-course traditions that come before the actual tournament proper begins are the Par 3 Contest and the skipping-the-ball-across-the-water on the par-3 16th hole during practice rounds.

Basically, after hitting their actual tee shots on No. 16, players go to the front of the tee box right at the water's edge. From there, they drop a ball, take a swing and skip the ball across the water to see who can come closest to the hole. The patrons love it.

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Well, on April 7, 2009, the patrons got an even bigger thrill than they bargained for.

On that day, 2000 Masters champion Vijay Singh did one better than skipping his ball across the water and onto the green.

Instead, he skipped it across the water, onto the green and into the hole.

Luckily for those of us who weren't there in person, a patron captured it on camera:


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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.