There is hardly a faster end to the game: Spain’s golf star Sergio García made it into the round of 16 of the Matchplay Championship in Austin with a perfect stroke. With the hole-in-one at the fourth extra hole, a 146-meter long par 3, he threw his long-time friend Lee Westwood out of the tournament. “A hole-in-one is incredible,” said the 41-year-old Ryder Cup record player.
García said he didn’t even see the ball against the low sun. Only when the fans freaked out around the green did he realize the ace. His opponent, 47-year-old Westwood, commented on the end on Twitter: “Well, 28 years on the tour and I thought I had seen it all. But I didn’t! ”
For many favorites, the end of the $ 10.5 million tournament of the world’s 64 best golfers came after the group stage. Players like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau (all USA) or Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) missed the knockout round at the weekend.