Smoking Aces in Vegas
By mustang6560 on 10/25/10
Winning in style usually consists of holing out from 65 yards away or chipping in from the sand trap. Heck, even sinking a 70+ foot putt to win would be considered epic!

But on Sunday, PGA TOUR veteran Jonathan Byrd redefined the meaning of winning in style with his hole-in-one ace on the fourth playoff hole at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open to win.

Jonathan Byrd figured there was barely enough light left to play one more hole.

Turns out he only needed one more swing.

In a swift and shocking finish Sunday in Las Vegas, Byrd made a hole-in-one with a 6-iron on the fourth extra hole to win a three-man playoff in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open. The PGA Tour said it was the first sudden-death playoff decided by an ace.
I can't believe I missed this epic finale - I am kicking myself!

This is the first time in PGA history that a sudden death playoff was won with an ace. Crazy thing, they almost didn't play this hole. But Laird, Percy and Byrd agreed after the third playoff hole that they had enough light for one more hole.

I hope this amazing finish and last week's finish at the Open with Rocco Mediate holing out on hole 17 to win adds some extra legitimacy to next year's Fall Series. The Fall Series might not include the big names like Tiger and Phil, but these guys can play too! If you don't believe it, then just turn on the TV...

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birdieXris says:
Actually, the way i heard it, Byrd didn't even really care. He told the other guys it was up to them wether or not to play the last hole. I wonder how it would have ended if they waited until this morning. AMAZING shot and even more amazing finish.
birdieXris says:
OOOOH, dunno if you're planning a post about it, but another helluva finish was Freddy Couples 29 on the back 9 to win by a touchdown this past champions tour event. Talk about turning it on.
Dazinkster says:
I stayed up till 1.30am to watch this, glad I did. Xris, you're right, the officials asked the players what they wanted to do and Byrd immediately said "up to you guys" (referring to the other two).
Michael Colucci says:
Happened to be spinning around the dial and saw the playoff on Golf Channel. Thought, "let me watch a hole or two". Byrd gets up and down from a funky side hill lie and then proceeds to ace 17 (he was the first one to tee off). He puts his hands on his hips and just shakes his head...for cryin' out loud man, you're in Vegas. The least you could do is an Elvis shimmy shake. Great golf, in any case.
SD Charlie says:
Funny thing, when the first went to the 17th hole, I thought, "what if the first guy gets a hole-in-one?..." It was awesome to see Byrd win like this. He almost plunked it in the water just before and made that fantastic up-and-down to stay alive. I believe his reaction was so subdued because he flat out couldn't see if the ball went in or not. I think you can hear him say "Did that go in?" before the high-fiving began.

Funniest part was Kelly Tilghman saying "IT'S OVER! -oh, well, after these next two guys take their shots." heh, sheesh.
srogers13 says:
I love the part where talking about playing this as the last hole, the agreement was, if any of them felt they could not read the green, they would come back the next day. As for Byrd's reaction, he could not see it, he actually thought he hit it too good, and went over.
legitimatebeef says:
Kelly Tilghman is such a buffoon. For a broadcaster she puts her foot in her mouth an awful lot.
dartboss04 says:
@legitimatebeef: completely agree on tilghman...and for some reason i can't stand her sounds unnaturally deep...i know she's in a man's world as a lead anchor for a golf broadcast, but she sounds like a baritone...

i feel her pain though...i am currently struggling as a man with a feminine voice...
Trav says:
Turned this on at the preceding hole where he had that lucky break holding up his ball on the waterside hill (like Couples (?) at Augusta years ago - then got up and down. Quite a finish. To me this is easily more exciting as watching a couple players dominate.

What I didn't get was the Laird question about being able to quit if they didn't like the putts - some commentators said this meant picking up and re-playing from the tee the next day, not just marking the ball. That couldn't be right.

I really like what Timberlake has done, but why start so late the OT went into darkness?
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