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Aaron Baddeley ‘aces’ par-14 17th at Valero Texas Open for a … birdie?


Aaron Baddeley managed to ace the par-4 17th on a blustery Thursday at TPC San Antonio during the first round of the Texas Open, but walked away with a birdie instead of scoring an incredibly-rare double-eagle, otherwise known as an albatross.

Why? Because Baddeley’s first tee shot on the 336-yard 17th resulted in an unplayable lie, so he had to tee it up again, meaning his “hole-in-one” technically was his third shot on the hole.

“I just said to myself, ‘It was just the wrong shot. Hit a straight one,'” Baddeley said following his round, via Eye on Golf. “It was straight downwind, get it going straight, it will go straight. … I hit the second one, man. Why didn’t I do that the first time? And it rolls up and goes in.”

He also discussed how the patrons went crazy once the shot went in, alerting him to what just happened.

“I just thought I’d just hit it straight and so I hit it and started walking and then heard the crowd going nuts,” Baddeley said afterward, via “I was like, wait, I just made birdie.”

Sadly, apparently no video exists of Baddeley’s improbable birdie, but the PGA tweeted out a graphic explaining how one of the craziest birdies in PGA Tour history came to occur.

Crazy. The amazing “ace” contributed to a 4-under 68, putting Baddeley in second place heading into Friday’s second round.

There has been only one par-4 hole-in-one in PGA Tour history. Andrew Magee accomplished the incredible feat on the par-4 17th at TPC Scottsdale back in 2001.