124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play

European Solheim Cup player closes out match with walk-off hole-in-one at Shadow Creek


Christian Petersen

You’d think a walk-off hole-in-one to win a match/playoff in an elite professional tournament would be high on the list of “very rare occurrences” in golf.

Think again.

In March, Sergio Garcia pulled off the feat at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, making an ace in a playoff against Lee Westwood to advance out of the group stage of competition at Austin Country Club.

A little more than two months later, it’s happened again. During the second round of group play at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play outside Las Vegas, Bronte Law made a 1 on Shadow Creek’s par-3 17th hole. The shot sealed a 2-and-1 victory in Law’s match with Austin Ernst.

The victory lifted Law to a 1-0-1 record in group play, giving her a chance to advance to the knockout stage over the weekend if she were to beat Annie Park on Friday. Ernst, meanwhile, fell to 0-2 and was eliminated from being able to play on the weekend.

Unfortunately, Golf Channel hadn’t started broadcasting yet so there was no video of Law’s ace.