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The last ace made on the 16th at TPC Scottsdale came from Francesco Molinari in 2015. Well, the Italian was just taken over.
Beer sprayed throughout the crowd and cans were tossed in every direction. Not sure if there’s a better place on Earth to make one.
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!? ALL the drinks on me 🍻🍻🍻 pic.twitter.com/xIfIL6NLxG
— Sam Ryder (@SamRyderSU) February 12, 2022
Just ask Tiger Woods, who did it back in 1997 and raised the roof in front of thousands. Although when he did it, the arena-like structures surrounding the hole didn’t yet exist.
Even better – this was Ryder’s first ace on Tour. This was the 10th hole-in-one at the 16th in tournament history.
For the record, he used a 54-degree wedge from 124 yards out.
"I was looking kind of just out to the right and wanted to kind of come down around [playing partner Chris Kirk's] ball and maybe it was an accidental 1-yard pull or something," said Ryder, who is from Winter Park and played college golf at Stetson. "But it didn't look like it was moving too fast on the camera when I saw it, but in the air it just looked perfect," Ryder said.
Playing with Ryder on Saturday is Brian Harman of St. Simons Island, Ga.,, who made two aces in the same round at the Barclays back in 2015.
“It was a pretty wild scene. I was just trying to dodge the beer cans,” Harman said. “I don’t mind them [fans] throwing them, but I had a couple almost hit me in the face. We didn’t really have anywhere to go. We were just kind of isolated out there.”
After the ace went down, it took about 15 minutes for clean-up crews to pick up all the beer cans and water bottles. Fans behind the green in the general admission seats were chanting “Volunteers! Volunteers!”
Kirk hit first on the hole so it was Harman who had to wait out the cleanup.
“The rules official asked me if I wanted to hit with all the beer cans out there,” he said. “I declined and asked them to go clean it up.”
"It was honestly amazing how quickly they were able to get everything up. There was debris everywhere and, you know, it was such a fun, exciting thing and I didn't want any kind of like negativity to kind of overshadow something that was really so much fun and happy and everything. But the crew did such a good job," Ryder said. "How quickly they got it all cleaned up was pretty incredible. So, hat's off to them for being able to do that and hopefully it didn't create too much of a logjam with the pace of play, but all in all I think it was pretty positive thing."
Here’s what PGA Tour rules official Stephen Cox had to say.
25 years in professional golf I’ve had a delay in play for situations related to weather, a gas leak, fire, medical emergency but never for excess beer cans 🍻 That’s me above the red line trying clean up the mess. Wild scenes @WMPhoenixOpen pic.twitter.com/z1zIZeIohN
— Stephen Cox (@StephenCox27) February 12, 2022
Ryder bought beer for the media center and the TPC Scottsdale maintenance staff but otherwise said he would celebrate quietly with his parents.
He said he could give the ball to his parents.
Times-Union contributed to this report.
This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Sam Ryder was everyone's ace at the TPC Scottsdale during the WM Phoenix Open