What’s one surefire way to upstage a tournament winner? How about a hole-in-one on a par-4?
That’s what Tyler Raber managed at the eGolf Tour’s ArrowCreek Open in Reno, Nev., this week. While Craig Barlow notched his first win on the tour Thursday, Raber joined some company that might be even more elite.
Raber said he and his caddie couldn’t see the feat from the 17th tee, but knew they’d heard the ball hit the pin after he struck it with his 3-wood. And the hole wasn’t the first place they looked for it.
“We looked all around the green before finally looking in the hole, and there it was. It was the craziest thing ever,” Raber told the tour.
The UC-Davis product had gone birdie-eagle-bogey-birdie before the ace, which briefly gave him the lead over Barlow as the two played in the same group. Raber finished with a par as Barlow carded birdies on the last three holes – both getting to the clubhouse in 15 under for the tournament. Barlow birdied to win a one-hole playoff that also included Ryan Dillon.
A par-4 ace, meanwhile, has only been achieved once on PGA Tour: in 2001 by Andrew Magee at the FBR Open.