June 25, 2020

You won't believe how close this PGA Tour pro came to making a par-4 hole-in-one during a practice round

Denny McCarthy is known as one of the PGA Tour's best putters, but he turned heads with a tee shot on Wednesday. The 27-year old not only drove the drivable par-4 15th hole at TPC River Highlands, he nearly aced it.

Yeah, yeah, it was only a practice round. But anytime someone nearly knocks a ball into a 4-inch-wide hole from 300 yards away, it's pretty impressive in our book.

And luckily, the cameras were rolling when it happened. Check it out as McCarthy's ball looks like it's going in until diving across the hole at the last second:

My. Word. As you can see from the clip, McCarthy didn't even need a putter as he just picked his ball up and took credit for the eagle. Yeah, we'll give him that one from about an inch away—especially considering he leads the tour in strokes gained putting.

After firing an opening 67, McCarthy was certainly feeling good vibes in his third trip to the Travelers.

In case you're wondering, there has only been one par-4 hole-in-one recorded in PGA Tour history. Andrew Magee pulled off the trick in the first round of the 2001 Phoenix Open when his tee shot caromed off the putter of Tom Byrum, who was playing in the group ahead, and into the hole on the par-4 17th at TPC Scottsdale.

In other words, practice round or not, these types of albatrosses are particularly rare birds. So, sorry, Denny. Chances are, that's the closest you'll ever come to making one.

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