GUIDONIA MONTECELIO, Italy -- Viktor Hovland showed the rest of his Ryder Cup team what's possible on the short par 4 fifth hole at Marco Simone with a stunning hole-in-one in practice on Thursday.
It was Europe's final practice before the Ryder Cup starts on Friday. The fifth hole at Marco Simone is 302 yards, complete with a greenside pond on the left side of the fairway.
His teammates and fellow practice partners Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Ludvig Aberg had successfully driven the green, but it was Hovland who produced the goods with a pinpoint three-wood off the deck.
There have been six holes-in-one in tournament history -- Peter Butler (1973), Nick Faldo (1993), Constantino Rocca (1995), Howard Clark (1995), Paul Casey (2006), Scott Verplank (2006). And there has only been one ace on a par-4 in PGA Tour history from Andrew Magee at the 2001 Phoenix Open.