May 9 2013
Michael Thompson scored the first ace at No. 8 in 13 years.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Thompson aced the 231-yard eighth hole Thursday.
The hole-in-one is the first at the Stadium Course since Robert Garrigus made one at the 13th hole in the second round in 2008. The last one made on the eighth hole was in the final round in 2000 by Joe Ozaki.
Thompson used a 3-iron to make his hole-in-one. Charl Schwartzel had just hit his tee shot to 2 1/2 feet to set the tone.
"We were kind of watching -- it landed, and it landed pretty similar to Charl's, and a couple people behind me said, go in, disappear, disappear, and we saw it tracking," Thompson said. "It was kind of like that Golf Tee video game where the ball just kind of, boop, disappears, and then obviously the crowd confirmed it."
In all there have been 29 aces in THE PLAYERS Championship, 25 of which have come at TPC Sawgrass, where the tournament moved to in 1982.