Will Wilcox makes hole-in-one at TPC Sawgrass' 17th hole, celebrates in style
Ace one of the most famous par 3s in tournament golf and do it in your first Players Championship appearance? That's pretty special. And that's what Will Wilcox did on Friday.
The celebration was almost as good as the shot. The 29-year-old's excitement, jumping into his caddie's arms, then fist-bumping playing partners Daniel Summerhays and Cameron Tringale -- then anyone close to the 17th tee -- was awesome.
"I was like, if you don't freak out in that moment -- but I've seen so many tour players make hole-in-ones and hole shots, and they're just like nothing, like what's wrong with you?" Wilcox said after. "So especially in that situation, I just -- I get pumped up."
The last hole-in-one at TPC Sawgrass' 17th, which typically plays between 130 and 140 yards, came in 2002 via Miguel Angel Jimenez. It's hard to believe the short par 3 hasn't been aced in almost 15 years, but we see dozens of shots in the water at the island green every year -- proving it's no easy shot when the pressure's on.
That makes Wilcox's memorable moment -- something he'll remember the rest of the his career -- on Friday even more impressive.