'Defies belief': Golf world stunned by 'greatest hole-in-one ever'

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Jon Rahm, pictured here at Augusta National ahead of the Masters.
Jon Rahm hit an absurd hole-in-one during practice at Augusta National. Image: Getty

Jon Rahm has hit what many are calling the ‘greatest hole-in-one ever’.

The Spanish golfer was tuning up during a practice round at Augusta National ahead of the Masters on Tuesday when he decided to show off a few tricks.

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As is customary during practice rounds on the 16th at Augusta, Rahm showed off his skills by skipping balls across the pond onto the green.

However he didn’t just hit them onto the green, he managed to get one in the hole.

In absurd scenes, Rahm managed to get one ball to skip off the pond four times before rolling around the back of the green and down into the hole.

If that wasn’t already insanely impressive, it was his second hole-in-one in two days.

Oh, and it was also his 26th birthday.

“Two hole-in-one’s in two days – Happy Birthday to me!” he tweeted.

The incredible moment went viral on social media, with many calling it the greatest shot they’d ever seen.

Adam Scott chasing distance for Masters success

Meanwhile, Adam Scott has made rare equipment changes in anticipation of needing every ounce of length he can muster as he chases a second Masters title this week.

The 2013 Masters champion has a new driver - longer in length to his previous model - and has introduced the latest Titleist ball, his first such change in over five years.

While most players upgrade equipment on a yearly basis as technology improves, an old-school Scott likes to stick with what works until it doesn't anymore.

In this case he’s making an exception as forecast rain and the recent success of power hitters like Bryson DeChambeau and Matthew Wolff suggest he needs to play the power game to keep up.

Jon Rahm, pictured here celebrating after his incredible hole-in-one.
Jon Rahm celebrates after skipping in for a hole-in-one on the 16th. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The 40-year-old trialled the changes last week at the Houston Open and despite a poor third round costing him a chance to win, he ranked first in driving distance.

“I haven't changed balls since 2015 so it is a big deal for me. This is in response to the needs at Augusta. I see everyone moving up the ranks distance wise and if I'm standing still I'm actually going backwards,” Scott confirmed to AAP.

“Over the past 10 years Augusta has turned into a bit of a driving golf course and it's very advantageous if you have a good balance of being long and hitting fairways.

“Tee shots now outweigh how important the short game and putting is here which was not historically the case.

“I'm not going to push myself into a bad place, but I am interested in getting gains. And there were gains in Houston that I am pleased with.”

with AAP

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