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McDowell, Watney make aces at New Orleans PGA pairs event

Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell aced the 216-yard par-3 seventeenth gap with a 4-iron on Friday, the second hole-in-one of the day after Nick Watney‘s ace at 14 within the US PGA Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Northern Ireland’s McDowell hadn’t realized his shot had rolled into the cup when associate Matt Wallace of England erupted in celebration, shoving McDowell backwards as he seized him by the shoulders and cheered together with the scattering of followers.

“I would have been happy with anything dry there, but I’ll take a 1,” McDowell informed an on-course tv interviewer as he headed to the subsequent gap at TPC Louisiana.

After the spherical, McDowell stated he was between golf equipment for the shot.

“I decided to try and hit a four and pitch it to the front half of the green and sort of take my medicine and get out of there,” he stated.

His ball did land on towards the entrance of the inexperienced — then curled to the opening and dropped.

“It was a nice little shot in the arm for us, and we birdied the next, and we put ourselves in a nice little slot going into the weekend,” stated McDowell, after he and Wallace completed the day with a one-under par 70 that left them 5 pictures off the lead shared by Norwegian duo Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura and Americans Tony Finau and Cameron Champ.

Hours earlier, Watney aced the 224-yard par-3 14th with a 6-iron.

It turned out to be the lone shiny spot on the day for Watney and associate Charley Hoffman, whose two-over spherical put them at six-under for the match via 36 holes — eight pictures

The day’s aces have been the fourth and fifth at the match because the duos format was launched in 2017, following Billy Hurley and Chris Paisley in 2018 and Kevin Kisner in 2019.

Watney, 39, received his first PGA title at New Orleans in 2007, earlier than it adopted the pairs format. The most up-to-date of his 5 profession PGA titles got here at The Barclays in 2012.

McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion at Pebble Beach, received the latest of his 4 US tour titles at Corales Puntacana within the Dominican Republic in 2019.


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