1. One year after he made an ace at the Milwaukee Open, Tiger Woods, pictured above, made a hole in one at No. 16 -- the stadium hole -- at the 1997 Phoenix Open. The hole is easily the loudest hole in golf, completely surrounded by stadium boxes and filled with raucous fans that cheer or boo, depending on the quality of the shot. Needless to say, Woods brought down the house.
2. At the 2001 Par-3 Shootout at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich., Lee Trevino made the richest golf shot in history when he won $1.09 million for a hole in one on the seventh hole. Trevino donated $500,000 of the winnings to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis.
3. In 1947, Claude Harmon was the first player to record an ace on No. 12 during the Masters. Harmon was playing with Ben Hogan, who made a birdie. The stoic Hogan, known for his legendary focus, said to Harmon as they walked to the 13th tee, "You know Claude, I can't remember the last time I made a two there. What did you make?"
4. David Toms, pictured below, used a 5-wood to ace the 243-yard 15th hole during the third round of the 2001 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, helping him to the 54-hole lead. Toms would eventually win his first and only major championship by one stroke over Phil Mickelson.
5. Jonathan Byrd had a walk-off hole in one of the fourth playoff hole at the 2010 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open to beat Martin Laired and Cameron Percy. The victory gained Byrd a spot in the season-opening 2011 Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, which he won. It was the first time a PGA Tour playoff ended with a hole in one.
6. Amateur Billy Joe Patton missed by one shot getting into a playoff with Sam Snead and Ben Hogan in the 1954 Masters, despite a hole in one on the sixth hole in the final round. No amateur has ever won the Masters, but Patton was the closest.
7. Jerry Barber made the first televised hole in one when he aced the 222-yard 17th hole during the final round of the 1962 Buick Open, using a 2-iron. Two days earlier, Butch Baird made the first hole in one in tournament history on the third hole.
8. In the 1993 Ryder Cup at The Belfry in Wishaw, England, Nick Faldo aced the 14th hole during his final-day singles match against Paul Azinger of the United States, It was the sixth time a hole in one was recorded in the Ryder Cup matches.
9. On one of the biggest stages in golf -- the island green at No. 17 at the TPC Stadium Course -- defending champ Fred Couples had a hole in one in the 1997 Players Championship. Two years later, after hitting his tee shot in the water, Couples hit his second ball in the cup for a par -- the only player to do that on that hole.
10. Former PGA champion Rich Beem won a car when he hit a 7-iron into the hole from 176 yards at the 14th hole during the third round of the 2007 Nissan Open. Beem was so excited he climbed on to the roof of the car and gave it a giant hug -- an antic that eventually became part of a Nissan TV commercial.golf
First Published April 15, 2012 1:30 AM