Which PGA Tour golfers have made an ace on a par 4?

By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Thursday, January 03, 2019 | 10:35 a.m.

Dustin Johnson nearly aced the 433-yard, par-4 12th hole at Kapalua's Plantation Course in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in 2018.

It missed by about 3 inches.

For the week, Johnson hit 12 drives that eclipsed the 375-yard mark. That's stunning power.

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Sure, Johnson is one of the longest players in the game today, but with courses making sure there are reachable par 4s out there, it isn't just the bombers who can find the green with a tee shot.

Is it a matter of time before we see a hole-in-one on a par 4?

It's only happened once in PGA Tour history.

Andrew Magee did it at the 2001 Phoenix Open on the 332-yard, par-4 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale. And it was under strange circumstances.

With the group ahead on the green, Magee decided to play his tee shot. The ball trundled onto the green. It then hit the putter of Tom Byrum and ricocheted 8 feet into the hole.

There's no video of the ball going in the hole, but here's Magee talking about the shot that didn't exactly have Byrum laughing:

Gary Nicklaus (son of Jack) and Steve Pate were in Byrum's group that day. Rusty Uresti, brother of 2017 PGA Professional Champion Omar Uresti, was caddying for Byrum and had this terrific line after the round: "It was the first putt Tom (Byrum) made all day."

While that was the only par-4 ace in a PGA Tour competition, there are two more in recent memory -- one that turned out to be a birdie and another that happened in a pro-am.

First, the 1 that was actually a 3.

Aaron Baddeley was playing the par-4 17th hole at TPC San Antonio in the Valero Texas Open in 2015. On the 336-yard hole, Baddeley hit a terrible tee shot way left and out of bounds.

He took a penalty stroke and re-teed. And, what do you know -- it found the bottom of the cup for the most unlikely birdie the PGA Tour has ever seen.

"I just thought I'd just hit it straight and so I hit it and started walking and then heard the crowd going nuts," Baddeley said afterward. "I was like, wait, I just made birdie."

If you'll remember, something similar happened at the 1999 Players Championship.

Playing the intimidating, island-green 17th at TPC Sawgrass, Fred Couples splashed his tee shot in the water. After taking a penalty and re-teeing, Couples knocked it in the cup for, well, a par.

 

But that was a par 3.

The only other known par-4 ace on the PGA Tour came in the McGladrey Classic Pro-Am in 2013.

That's where the big-hitting Jason Kokrak smoked his drive on the 409-yard, par-4 fifth hole at the Seaside Course in Sea Island, Ga. It hit the flagstick and dropped into the cup.

It was Kokrak's fourth hole-in-one overall, but his first on a par 4 and first that didn't come in competition.

It's hard to believe that with all the scoring records we see broken year in and year out on the PGA Tour that there's still only been one ace on a par 4.

"I'm not surprised we haven't seen more aces on par 4s," said 2013 PGA National Teacher of the Year, Lou Guzzi. "Every Tour player wants to hit it long and be accurate, but it's not easy. Tell me: how many shots do they hole out from 100 yards every week? It doesn't happen often and it's almost never. If you look at the hole as the destination, you're always missing it unless you get close. It's hard. That hole is small."

There have been a few par-4 aces on other Tours, some featured in the video below, but only one on the PGA Tour.

 

 

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