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Where does Byrd's ace rank in history?

October 25, 2010

Just when you thought you wouldn't be able to top last week's hole-out fireworks at the Open, along comes Jonathan Byrd and his ace to win the Justin Timberlake Shiners Hospitals For Children Open.

It was the first time a player won a PGA Tour event with a hole-in-one, and yet seeing how it came in the sleepy fall season, it merits asking where it ranks among the all-time greatest shots to win a tournament.

In case you missed Byrd's 6-iron, here it is below:

Some other candidates worth considering would be Larry Mize's chip-in on the 11th hole at Augusta National to beat Greg Norman in a playoff in the 1987 Masters.

Or Isao Aoki holing out for eagle at the 1983 Hawaiian Open to become the first Japanese winner on the PGA Tour.

More recently, how about Shaun Micheel sticking a 7-iron to three inches at Oak Hill to clinch a win in the 2003 PGA Championship?

What other shots deserve consideration? Craig Parry's eagle to win at Doral in 2004? Paul Azinger holing out from a bunker to win the 1993 Memorial?

Include your candidates below.

-- Sam Weinman