Tringale, Seiffert make rare back-to-back aces at Mayakoba Golf Classic
November 15, 2019
By Cameron Morfit, PGATOUR.COM
- Cameron Tringale aced No. 4 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic right before Chase Seiffert did the same. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Cameron Tringale and Chase Seiffert made it look easy once play started at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleón Golf Club.
Playing in the 8:10 a.m. group, Tringale aced the 112-yard, par-3 fourth hole.
Playing in the 8:20 group right behind him, Chase Seiffert did the same thing.
“We were in the fairway and heard the applause and saw (Tringale) kind of high-fiving everyone,” Seiffert said. “I just tried to hit a 106 shot, downwind. It landed maybe a foot right of it and spun back into the pin. It’s kind of cool to go back-to-back there. Very rare.”
Both players used a 56-degree wedge, and both were given large bottles of Patrón tequila for their efforts.
“It was early, so there weren’t too many spectators,” said Tringale, who has made three aces overall, two on the PGA TOUR. “They cheered, threw their hands up. I wasn’t really paying attention to them. I was slapping fives with the guys in the group. (Fabián Gómez and K.H. Lee)
“It looked good the whole way," he added. "It landed about two inches short and went straight in.”
Did he know Seiffert aced the hole right behind him?
“I didn’t know ’til just now,” Tringale said after signing his scorecard (69).
Aces in back-to-back groups is not unprecedented. Padraig Harrington and Kirk Triplett each made a hole-in-one at the 16th hole at Augusta National at the 2004 Masters Tournament. In the third round of THE NORTHERN TRUST in 2013, K.J. Choi and Greg Chalmers made aces in back-to-back groups on the 14th hole at Liberty National.
Still, the odds are long even for the best in the world. When he got to the fourth green Friday morning, Seiffert (68) said, the few early-to-rise spectators were delighted to have seen his fourth hole-in-one overall and third in competition.
“One of the ladies said, ‘We just saw another one go in the group before!’” he said. “It was kind of neat.
“There may have been six or seven people around the green,” Seiffert added, “so it was quiet except for us on the tee. My caddie (Brian Fitch) and I high-fived way too hard, and my hand got a little sore for a few minutes. We got a little too aggressive with it.”