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THE PLAYERS: Looking Back at Moore’s Hole-in-One on No. 17

PONTE VEDRA – THE PLAYERS Championship is less than two months away from returning to TPC Sawgrass, March 10-15, 2020.

The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is arguably the most daunting shot in golf.

On the flip side, the stadium seating and a festive crowd provide the perfect setting for a potential hole-in-one.

And while the trainwrecks have far outnumbered the aces at the infamous par 3, fans have seen several 1s recorded there through the years.

But they’ve never seen anything quite like what Ryan Moore did on the first day of THE PAYERS in 2019.

Moore made one of the loudest holes-in-one ever, literally rattling his tee shot off the flagstick on the fly and into the cup.

Fan favorote Fred Couples’ famous slam dunk on the same hole in 1999. However, that shot was only for a par after his first attempt found the water.

Emiliano Grillo hit a similar shot minutes before, but his ball bounced to the fringe and he settled for par. Golf gods, am I right?

Moore’s hole-in-one is the ninth on No. 17 in Players history, but the third in the past four years. Willy Wilcox ended a 14-year ace drought in 2016 and Sergio Garcia made one in 2017.

This is the first time, however, that there has been an ace on 17 on the same day. Earlier on the opening day, Harris English made a 2 on the par-5 11th by holing his approach from 236 yards.

THE PLAYERS NOTES: Tournament officials announced several changes to the ticketing process when the strongest field in golf returns to TPC Sawgrass for the PGA TOUR’s flagship event, THE PLAYERS Championship, March 10-15, 2020. New in 2020, THE PLAYERS Championship’s ticketing process is being changed in order to ensure the most seamless experience for all fans, highlighted by the move to mobile-only and day-specific tickets. Additionally, parking passes are now required every day of tournament week, Tuesday through Sunday.

“THE PLAYERS earns its gold-standard label by continuously elevating itself in all areas, year after year,” said Executive Director of THE PLAYERS Jared Rice. “Our move to mobile-only and day-specific tickets is part of a strategic effort to ensure a best-in-class experience for our fans, better anticipate attendance for each day and ultimately increase our impact on the Northeast Florida community.”

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