The hole is one of the most famous in the World
Sergio Garcia can do very little wrong at the moment.
The Masters champion, competing in his first tournament since his Augusta triumph shot a hole-in-one at The Players Championship on Thursday night. It wasn't just any hole-in-one either. The Spaniard aced the iconic 17th hole at Sawgrass.
Garcia revealed after his round of 73, that his shot on the 17th was the fifth hole-in-one he shot during a tournament, and 12th overall.
"I hit a good shot, but it can go there, it can go three yards past. I don't know, it can do anything. It was nice to see it bounce and kind of spin back into the hole."
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Garcia was playing in the same group as Adam Scott. The Australian's tee shot landed in the water around the green and Garcia said the margins can be so tight on the infamous hole.
"Adam's shot wasn't that bad. It was just a tiny bit right. I thought it was going to stay there, and it came all the way back to the water. It is tricky. It's not easy. It's probably one of the hardest 125- or 140-yard shots that we get all year."
The three Irish players in action have a good chance of making the weekend. Graeme McDowell is best-placed on -1. Rory McIlroy lies on +1, with Shane Lowry a shot further back.
William McGirt and Mackenzie Hughes are joint-leaders after the opening round. The duo are on -5.