Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Twist as DeChambeau stuns Masters with slam dunk

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A slam dunk hole-in-one is possibly the rarest shot achievable in golf.

While it only earns the player an eagle – an albatross obviously trumps that – the fact the ball drops directly into the cup without touching the green makes it an almost impossible feat, and one most golfers don’t even actively attempt.

Unfortunately for Bryson DeChambeau, his slam dunk at Augusta National on Thursday may have looked impressive but it only earned him a par on the scorecard.

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The 2020 US Open winner put his first shot off the tee into the water on the eighth hole.

He was penalised a stroke for retaking his tee shot.

With his third official stroke, DeChambeau landed the ball straight in the hole, sending the crowd and the other players on the tee box wild.

His shot may be on highlight reels for years to come but it can’t even be called a hole-in-one.

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It was a highlight of Thursday’s par-3 contest, which is held the day before The Masters gets underway.

Five players – Luke List, Gary Woodland, Sepp Straka, Lucas Glover and Viktor Hovland – earned trophies for nailing holes-in-one during the tournament.

DeChambeau was not one of them.

Rickie Fowler won the contest by shooting a 5-under 22 and was presented with a crystal bowl.

Players enjoy a lighthearted round of the par-3 holes at Augusta National and are able to take their children and partners around with them.

The Masters gets underway on Thursday night (AEST).

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