Patrick Wills has defied all the odds by recording three holes-in-one during a single round at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Virginia.
This magnificent feat was accomplished on route to a score which is lower than his age.
The 59-year-old former marine carded seven birdies, seven pars and one drop shot on the remaining 15 holes to post a final round total of 57.
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What is even more impressive is that Mr Wills hadn't even burned up the five par threes at Laurel Hill. He failed to make a two and the only ace came at the 14th hole measuring at 187 yards. So the other two aces came on par fours. Holes seven and ten to be precise measuring at 289 and 334 yards respectively.
Mr Wills was playing a three day tournament at Laurel Hill, which he won unsurprisingly, having carded a 68 and a 66 either side of this once in a lifetime round of golf.
However the odds of Patrick achieving this feat are slightly better than most. He had 22 aces to his name before this miraculous day and currently holds a handicap of plus-four. This means that to shoot a nett score of level par, he would have to shoot a gross score of four-under-par.
To put this into context, Patrick currently holds the same handicap as former FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai Champion, Henrik Stenson, held the day he turned professional in 1998.
BBC Sport reports that the shock of the achievement outweighed the elation:
"When we got to the green I looked down and I don't even know what I felt - I was dumbfounded," Mr Wills reflected.
"I don't know if I broke out in joy such was the disbelief. It was unreal. I had never experienced anything like that before."
Not The First Time
Naples News reports that 14-year-old freshman, Christopher Molly, had achieved the same feat around Arthur Hills course in San Carlos Park, Florida.
Unlike Wills, Christopher hadn't played very well and finished the 18 holes in a score of 86. However due to the lack of eye witnesses, the only one being his father, it has not been widely accepted by a number of skeptics.
Golf Digest reported that 81-year-old Dom Debonis had three holes in one on three different days during a trip with friends to Myrtle Beach Carolina.
I also have first hand experience of seeing the scorecard of a Alan Benfell, who had recorded two holes-in-one during a single round at Mid Sussex Golf Club. This was during the Seniors Memorial Stapleford, a major event held at the club, so a packed clubhouse had meant that the bar bill was a little higher than usual for the pensioner. I unfortunately missed out on getting a drink put on his tab which was longer than his driver.
Good Week for Aces
Many lucky fans took a share of $192,400 thanks to George McNeill and Justin Thomas at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.
The pair had each recorded a hole in one on the 18th hole, giving the fans who were watching a rather pleasant pay day. McNeill was first to make ace on the par three and fans who were watching at the time took away with them $100.
However as the sponsors had cranked up the heat for a second hole-in-one. When Thomas made his, the crowd won $500. The crowd grew in numbers in anticipation of a third, which would have been worth $1000 each, but they were left disappointed:
"I had a lot of new friends on 18. They were all thanking me as I walked off." said McNeill in a post round interview.
While Thomas showed his admiration of the format, to get more fans to come and watch:
"It's really cool that Mr Justice does that. It just gives everyone more reason to come here and watch."
It does make me wonder whether the achievements of Patrick Wills will ever be achieved again. Share your hole-in-one stories in the comment section below