HOLE IN ONE
Maguire, Campbell make aces at TPC Scottsdale
February 05, 2016
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Jack Maguire earned a spot in the Waste Management Phoenix Open via sponsor exemption. (Harry How/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It’s not a coincidence that the Quicken Loans Hole-In-One 2016 Sweepstakes launched at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. When it comes to the arenas of golf, they don’t get any rowdier than TPC Scottsdale.
After reaching the midpoint in 12-over 144, recently-turned pro Jack Maguire won’t be around for the weekend, but he’ll depart with an experience he’ll never forget. Even though he never saw it.
Wielding a 7-iron at the par-3 12th hole in Friday's second round, the former Florida State University standout, in the field on a sponsor exemption, jarred his tee ball for a hole-in-one. Because of the sun’s glare on the green where the ball rolled 15 yards, a bittersweet trend was extended; that is, Maguire has missed all three of his lifetime aces. His first was as an 11-year-old. His second occurred at Crooked Stick in a collegiate event.
“I saw the ball in the air and it was just tracking the pin the entire time,” Maguire said after signing his card. “Right when it landed on the green, I couldn’t see anything.”
The 206-yard hole-out is the first of the Quicken Loans contest this season. As a result, a fortunate fan will have his or her mortgage paid in full for an entire year. The contest will run through the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Hole in One
Jack Maguire gets a hole-in-one at Waste Management
Jason Gillson is Maguire’s bagman. They met at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, where Gillson is a senior caddie. Maguire tied for 58th as an amateur in the major, but he was making his debut as a pro on the TOUR this week. So was Gillson.
“I could get used to this,” said the Minnesota native with the bib. “We took a 190(-yard) swing and just let it ride the wind, and it never left the flag stick.”
Maguire’s ace is the ninth on TOUR this season, but it’s the first in the Quicken Hole-In-One Sweepstakes since Jordan Spieth’s ace at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms last season, the last of 31 during the contest. In a cosmic connection, it was, of course, Spieth who won the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
Maguire will attempt to Monday qualify on the Web.com Tour, where he has status. (He was 44th alternate at this week’s Club Colombia Championship Presented by Claro.) He doesn’t have any more sponsor exemptions lined up, but Friday's highlight should bring more attention to his game.
When asked for the best reaction he could remember after converting the eagle-1, he had an understandable response given the atmosphere at TPC Scottsdale.
“There were just so many things that people were saying all day,” he said. “It’s hard to pick out one of them.”
Now the hard part. How to cover the tab for 100,000 or so of his newest friends.
Jack Maguire talks about his ace at Waste Management
As the sun was descending in the late-afternoon hours, Chad Campbell made it hole-in-one No. 2 on the day. Taking aim at the target 194 yards away and eight paces from the right edge at the par-3 seventh, he connected with a 6-iron. He’d finish par-birdie on the front for 3-under 68 and sits four strokes off James Hahn’s 36-hole clubhouse lead.
“It felt great,” Campbell said about the shot, but that could also apply to his comeback after sitting 3-over through four holes in the second round. “I was trying to start it at the pin and move it to the middle of the green, and it just stayed there. A few people around the green went crazy. Not too many people out there at the time.”
Coincidentally, Campbell was responsible for the second one-year mortgage in last year’s contest as well. It was his last ace on the PGA TOUR, too. It occurred on the par-3 third hole of Torrey Pines South in the third round of 2015 Farmers Insurance Open.
“It’s nice what they do and it’s nice to help somebody out,” he said of Quicken Loans today.
Chad Campbell talks about his ace at Waste Management
The Quicken Loans’ Hole-In-One Sweepstakes awards one year’s worth of mortgage payments to a randomly selected entrant for every ace during official PGA TOUR events from the Waste Management Phoenix Open through the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Fans can enter the sweepstakes by visiting www.pgatour.com/quickenloans. Previous participants in the Sweepstakes must re-register to be eligible in 2016. There have been 48 total winners since the Sweepstakes began in 2014, which equals 48 years' worth of mortgage payments.