Rickie Fowler Hits $1 Million Hole in One at Old Palm
These days, a Tour Pro hitting a hole in one isn't much to write home about. When the hole in one is made with $1 million on the line though, it might be worth a mention.
Loxahatchee River resident Rickie Fowler joined several other PGA Tour pros on Monday at Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens for the Els For Autism Foundation charity outing. The day featured a hole in one contest on Old Palm's famous par 3 19th hole. Anyone who made an ace on that hole would win $1 million for Ernie Els' charity. Fowler stepped up to the 111 yard hole and jarred one, causing the entire course to erupt. A video of the shot is below:
"Saw a bunch of good shots before me," Fowler told the Golf Channel after. "Having fun, nothing to lose. It's a small target, it doesn't happen very often but pretty cool to be able to do that for Ernie and the foundation.
The reaction was bigger then the event. Nobody really expects it just beacuse it's a shot in the dark but it's pretty cool."
What makes the feat even more impressive, is the backstory of how it all happened. Per Golf Channel's Tim Roseforte, Rickie had packed up for the day. He had changed out of his golf shoes and had already packed his clubs up and put them in his car. So when he stepped up to hit that shot, he was wearing sneakers and borrowed a wedge from Luke Donald. Despite all that, Fowler one hopped the shot right into the hole, earning $1 million for the Else For Autism charity.
Needless to say, Els, a fellow Jupiter resident could not have been happier.