McDowell’s Eye-catching Reaction After Hitting The First Hole-in-one Of His PGA Career
The 2020-21 PGA Tour, which began on September 10, 2020, is currently marching towards the Valspar Championship after the hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans. From April 19 to 25, 2021, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which became a team event in 2017, was held at TPC Louisiana. The event featured numerous awe-inspiring moments, with the best being Graeme McDowell’s stunning hole-in-one.
Holes-in-ones are not unusual at such pro-rank events, but the fact that McDowell failed to notice his achievement at first made it an epic moment. Here’s a quick look at the highlights of the event and McDowell’s extraordinary reaction.
The 2021 Zurich Classic
The tournament became a battleground for Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman’s team and Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel’s team, both fighting with all their might for the winner’s position. While both groups displayed tactical playing techniques, in the end, Smith and Leishman emerged as the overall winners.
The Australian duo won the event with a par in the fourth round of the 18th hole after Oosthuizen hit the golf ball in water and missed an 11-foot putt for bogey by a narrow margin. Meanwhile, McDowell and Matt Wallace’s team started with a six-under-par and finished with five birdies, one bogey, and double bogey each at the twenty-third position above Norwegians Hovland and Ventura at the twenty-fifth position.
McDowell’s unique reaction
Graeme McDowell amazed everyone with his stellar performance at the tour. On the lengthy 209-yard par-3 17th hole at TPC, he made history by jarring his tee shot for a hole-in-one.
The golfer swung his club and hit the ball, thereafter ducking to pick up his tee. When he walked away from the hitting spot, his ball landed at the front of the green, rolling down towards the hole, and finally, it fell into the cup.
Unaware of what he had achieved, McDowell allowed the next golfer to take his shot when his teammate, Wallace, grabbed him by the arm and informed him that it was a hole-in-one shot. Suddenly a shocked McDowell jumped with excitement while his teammate and caddies and all other spectators celebrated the moment.
Post tournament celebration
A day after hitting a spectacular shot, McDowell shared the video of his reaction on Twitter. He captioned the post, “What a feeling!” and tagged his fellow teammate and Zurich Classic’s official Twitter handle. After him, Wallace also took to Twitter to share the same video with a touching message. He regarded the shot as one of the happiest moments in his golfing career and praised McDowell for an amazing performance.
According to a common golfing tradition, a golfer who has hit a hole-in-one shot has to buy drinks for everyone in the group or grill room. So, following the ritual, it was drinks for all around the media center, courtesy the 41-year-old golfer!
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