Amateur's ace puts TPC Scottsdale fans into a frenzy

January, 28, 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- David Wood's golf dream came true Wednesday.

If you were going to make your first hole-in-one, could you think of anywhere better than the 16th hole during the pro-am of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in front of 12,000 fans?

Majors don't have pro-ams, so you can stop typing the Masters.

Playing with PGA Tour pro Kevin Na, Wood pulled out a pitching wedge on the 147-yard, par-3. With a smooth swing, the ball started a high majestic arc right of the hole, falling left from the sky. After hitting the green with a little side spin, the ball started tracking toward the hole as a crescendo came from the crowd in the bleachers at the green.

As the ball hit the pin and disappeared, there was a pause of silence for a split second as the crowd inhaled. Then an eruption came -- first at the green, then on the tee box -- as people realized what had happened.

The look of pure joy and surprise on Wood's face was one normally reserved for children opening Christmas presents. High-fives with strangers and hugs from teammates kept the crowd in a full frenzy for minutes afterward.

Former NFL Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, playing in the group behind Wood, came thru the tunnel separating the 15th green and the 16th tee asking, "What just happened? What just happened?"

The good news for Wood is that his first hole-in-one was caught on camera and he'll have that memory for the rest of his life.

The bad news?

As Na's caddie Kenny Harms yelled, "I hope you got $50,000 on you" because a round of drinks for 12,000 of your new best friends is going to be expensive.

What the heck, you only make your first hole-in-one once, right?

Michael Collins

ESPN Senior Writer



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