February 5 2011
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jarrod Lyle picked quite the place to make his first career ace when he holed an 8-iron at the 16th at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday, sending the game’s most crazed crowd into even more of a frenzy than normal.
"Of all the holes in the world to have a hole-in-one on, this is probably the best you can think of," Lyle said after he signed his scorecard. "I probably looked like a complete moron carrying on down there. But it's just one of those things. I think the crowd kind of spurs you on a little bit and I was trying to spur the crowd a little bit too to make it as loud as possible."
Lyle followed the flight of the ball closely and motioned with his hands for it to settle as it hit the green. When the ball went in the cup, the Aussie – wearing a green shirt and cap in honor of the “Green Out” festivities – thrust his arms into the air in jubilation.
"I thought it was going to fly a little bit too far up there," Lyle said. "But when it started bouncing, and when it bounced the second time and I thought this looks pretty close and then it disappeared and I'm like, holy hell, it's in.
"So I just carried on and cheered and screamed and I think I dropped a naughty word up there. I was just so excited I didn't realize the camera was about three feet in front of my face. ... There might be a letter in my locker next week. I don't know."
As Lyle walked to the green, he gave the crowd – which was waving green towels in the air – a thumb’s up, pumping his right arm repeatedly. The ace took him to 4 under for the day and 5 under for the tournament, which is where he ended the second round.
The ace at the 150-yard hole was the eighth at the famed-16th hole at TPC Scottsdale: Lyle (R2-2011), Mike Sposa (T2-2002), Steve Stricker (R4-1999), Tiger Woods (R3-1999), Jay Delsing (R3-1991), David Edwards (R3-1990), Brad Bryant (R1-1990) and Hal Sutton (R3-1988). -- Helen Ross
Where does Lyle’s hole-in-one stack up? Take a look at the top 10 aces on the PGA TOUR by clicking here.