An insane 222-yard hole-in-one by Eddie Pepperell on Thursday landed him on top of the leaderboard after his ball off the tee found the hole on the fly, popped out and then spun back into the hole, Golf Week reported.
The English golfer’s ace came at the par-3 ninth hole of the Walton Heath Golf Club during the Sky Sports British Masters.
Stepping up to the tee, Pepperell was 1 under but seconds later, after the wild shot, he was 3 under.
“It was a bizarre shot from where I was standing,” he said, according to BBC. “It looked like it pitched in the hole, jumped up and looked like it was going long because of the height it came out, and obviously went in.”
The hole-in-one, which was captured and shared to Twitter by the European Tour, won him $20,000 of which he plans to donate to charity, Golf Digest reported.
“Crazy indeed! Amazing moment for me and a great day too,” Pepperell posted to Twitter, adding that he planned to donate one half of his winnings to cancer research and the remaining amount to Helen & Douglas House, a non-profit organization that cares for terminally ill babies, children, and young adults.
Commenting on his performance this week, Pepperell said he was not in top form.
“I played awfully in the pro-am on Wednesday, probably the worst I have in a while - and I wouldn't say I played great today but I had that really hot run and it's great to be at the top with Matt and Tommy,” BBC noted.
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