WATCH: First ace on 17th at TPC Sawgrass in 14 years

The 17th at TPC Sawgrass is one of, if not, the most famous hole in golf and for good reason. It’s beautiful, an island green, designed by Pete and Alice Dye and more notably, it’s hard.

Maybe not quite Dark Souls (Video game) hard, but difficult enough and it has a huge reputation for it. Will Wilcox, one of the young PGA Tour pros who has quietly gotten more familiar with fans, did what most people dream of.

Hitting an ace on this tricky one-shotter. It was a historic shot and Wilcox’ celebration was equally as memeorable as he realized what he just did.

The timing couldn’t of been any better as Wilcox, who was struggling to make the cut, needed a couple of birdies to make it. Well, the ace did him well as he did indeed make the cut.

It was the first ace at the famed 17th hole since Miguel Angel Jimenez did it back in 2002. Jimenez is one of the most prolific hole-out artists in golf history and is one of the all-time leaders in aces.

Willcox certainly won’t win the Players Championship, but he can say that he got an ace on one of golf’s most iconic holes. And there’s footage and his golf ball that will last in Sawgrass lore.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! One time, I holed out a chip shot and lied that I had an ace!

Source: Swing By Swing

 


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Tiger Woods will return soon, takes fulls swings at clinic

Tiger Woods may be returning to golf sooner than you think as he was seen at a junior golf clinic hitting golf balls.

Woods has been behind the ropes since the Fall of 2015 and was said to be out of golf for a long time. But, with footage of Woods taking full swings on a course, the story may change and he even reportedly drove the ball 300 yards with his driver.

Here’s the clip:

Here’s another clip that will give you an even better view:

Even the Golf Channel Tiger Tracker is happy that their job isn’t in jeopardy after all:

Tim Rosaforte reported that Woods could possibly make a return at the Wells Fargo Championship or the Players Championship, both being marquee tournaments on the PGA Tour.

There has been quite a bit of the 14 time major champion the last few days. First, Jason Sobel of ESPN teased that “Golf Twitter is going to break tomorrow” and it turns out that the tease was a longform article (Short story?) about Woods personal life and upbringing written by Wright Thompson.

The piece has since garnered a ton of attention. Some of the main things in the article include how wired he was with the military as he was always with his father (Earl Woods) and his friends who were all veterans. Woods didn’t have many friends until he met former player and Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay III at a young age.

The also talks about how Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan taught him how to talk to women (Basically) which ultimately could’ve led to his infamous scandal back in 2009, knowing the power he had. But the main point of the article is that, ever since his father died, it has been the biggest reason that he has had his downfall from greatness and how Woods developed in obsession with the Navy Seals because of his father.

However, ironically, the clips above surfaced across social media, not long after Thompson posted his piece. So, although Thompson’s piece was talking about the reasons of his downfall, the videos show that he’s swinging good again.

The clips aren’t a guarantee that he’ll be great again, but it was just interesting with the timing of them. Woods is no stranger to leaving and coming back to golf however as this may be the third time has done so in his career due to injury problems.

NBA legend and friend Michael Jordan said via the Thompson piece that he thinks Woods is “tired” and “wants to retire”. Jordan also said he’s worried about him.

Woods played fairly well at last year’s Masters but missed the cut at the U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship. When Woods returns, he and Phil Mickelson who are longtime rivals, will be sailing in the sea of young talent trying to see which ship reaches land first.

Should be interesting.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! I tweet and retweet a lot about golf but be prepared for many video game related tweets as well!

You can also read Wright Thomspon’s amazing Tiger Woods article here: http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/15278522/how-tiger-woods-life-unraveled-years-father-earl-woods-death?ex_cid=espntw


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