A hole-in-one is something most golfers can only dream of. To get one on the iconic 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is even cooler. But to hit the ball straight into the hole without it taking a single bounce on the green? That's just ridiculous.
Yet Ryan Moore did just that during the first round of the Players on Thursday, hitting arguably the greatest tee shot ever seen to the island green, which is surrounded by water and then thousands of fans lining the banks.
Moore hit a gap wedge from 121 yards out, with the pin placed perilously close to the front of the green for round one. His pure strike was dead on line the whole way but nobody expected what happened next.
The PERFECT shot into the Island Green.@ryanmoorepga
's HOLE-IN-ONE on 1??7?? has to be a contender. #MustSeeMoments
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 15, 2019
The American's ball crashed into the flagstick just above the hole and dropped straight down into the cup in a flash, leaving Moore staring in disbelief back at the tee box.
The ball hit the hole with such force that it caused significant damage to the side of the cup.
It took his score to four under par through just eight holes, having started his round on the 10th, and he carded an impressive round of 67 to sit at five under par, two shots back from the early leaders, Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley.
There have been just nine aces on the 17th during the history of the Players, from the likes of Sergio Garcia, Fred Couples and Miguel Angel Jimenez. But none of them have been quite so spectacular as this.
THE PLAYERS - ROUND ONE LEADERBOARD
-7 Tommy Fleetwood, Keegan Bradley
-6 Byeong Hun An, Brian Harman
-5 Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore, Vaughn Taylor
-3 Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson
-2 Tiger Woods
E Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka
+2 Justin Rose
The only shot that can compare was perhaps by Couples, this time in 1999, when he also slam-dunked his tee shot into the cup just like Moore. However, that shot secured only a par - albeit a staggering one - after his first attempt had found the water.
The hole again claimed many victims during the first round, with 14 balls finding the vast water hazard.
Paul Casey suffered more than anyone - the Englishman hit two balls into the water and ran up an ugly quadruple-bogey seven, and sits near the bottom of the leaderboard after a round of 78, six over par.