WATCH: Masters patrons go wild as Matt Kuchar gets hole-in-one, gives ball to kid
Kuchar's hole-in-one was the best shot of the 2017 Masters Tournament
The 16th hole, “Redbud,” has delivered the goods at the Masters in the past, so the fact that there had been no highlights yet only brought the inevitability that someone was bound to find the bottom of the cup on the final par-3 of the course during Sunday’s final round.
For the second year in a row, the 170-yard par-3 over water has delivered a Sunday thrill. Last year, it was Louis Oosthuizen adding an ace to a solid final round out of the title hunt. This year, it was Matt Kuchar, very much in the hunt after the ace, adding a hole-in-one to an incredible final round.
“You knew we couldn’t get through Sunday without one,” said Verne Lundquist as Matt Kuchar picked up his ball, signed it, and gave it to a young patron wearing a Rickie Fowler-inspired orange golf shift.
The shot brought out the “Kuuuuuch” calls from the patrons and there was much celebration. At the time, the ace moved Kuchar into a tie for third place on the leaderboard.
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