124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

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No one has ever been less excited to make a hole-in-one than Matt Fitzpatrick

February 08, 2022

There would be few PGA Tour events that would be better to make a hole-in-one at than the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Matt Fitzpatrick's timing just happened to be a bit off.

During a Tuesday practice round, the seven-time European Tour winner holed a 6-iron on the par-3 12th hole at TPC Scottsdale. But the Brit didn't seem remotely excited about it—because it happened in a Tuesday practice round.

So there were no roars. No beer showers. And no raising-the-roof moves like Tiger Woods 25 years ago. Instead, have a listen as Fitzpatrick solemnly narrates his walk up to retrieve his ball after his "wasted" effort:

On one hand, we get it. You'd obviously like to save that for when the tournament starts and you're a world-class golfer who probably has a more than a few career aces up your sleeve. On the other, you just made a freaking hole-in-one, Matt! Be a little happy! You know, for some of us who have still never made one!

Or, maybe, Matt was just dreading the bar tab he's going to get hit with later—especially since there's still another couple days until the tournament starts. Hmm. He probably should have kept this to himself.