ORLANDO, Fla. – They call him the King of Aces.
That’s because Mancil Davis has made 51 hole-in-ones, a PGA world record.
“My normal response is, ‘I can’t putt, so I gotta do something,’ ” Davis said Wednesday at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.
Davis made his first hole-in-one at 11 years old and his last one came in 2007. He’s been a member of the PGA of America since 1974, and even played briefly on the PGA Tour. His aces are well-documented, too.
“Witnesses, sworn affidavits, lie-dectector tests,” Davis lists off.
Davis has made a hole-in-one with every club in his bag with the exception of his putter, sand wedge and pitching wedge. His shortest ace was 124 yards while his longest one was 379 yards.
The latter hole-in-one came on a 379-yard par-4 where Davis cut a severe dogleg and his ball found the bottom of the cup. Another ace, he recalls, hit a tree and a sprinkler head before ending up in the hole.
Here are some other impressive facts about Davis:
• 10 double eagles
• 8 aces in a single year (1967)
• 3 aces in five days (June 1967)
• 5 aces on same hole (No. 2 at Odessa (Texas) CC)
• Made at least one ace every year from 1967-87.
The one real question, though, is what his secret is.
“I aim at the hole and I don’t use a tee,” Davis said.
Ah, simple as that.