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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 248
H ALE Irwin double-dipped in the luck department at the final hole at Pebble Beach in 1984. Needing a good hole in order to reach the playoff with Jim Nelford, Irwin hooked his tee shot badly and groaned audibly as he watched it travel towards the rocks. Miraculously, however, the rocks gave him the bounce to end all bounces, spitting his ball back up onto the fairway. That wasn’t all, either. Irwin’s next took a bounce before hitting the flagstick and coming to rest nice and close to the hole. He made birdie before going on to beat Nelford in a playoff. WATCH THE SHOT HERE HALE IRWIN 1984 BING CROSBY NATIONAL PRO-AM WATCH THE SHOT HERE J AMES Kingston would have almost been embarrassed to claim this hole- in-one, if it hadn’t earned him a brand new Audi. His ball was headed for another postcode at the 15th hole of the 2002 Dunhill Championship until it clipped a tree, redirecting it towards the green and, incredibly, into the hole for the most unlikely of aces. JAMES KINGSTON 2002 DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP WATCH THE SHOT HERE R ICKIE Fowler had his mate Jordan Spieth to thank at the 16th hole during the opening round of the 2015 BMW Championship, after his ball took a bounce and then cannoned into Spieth’s ball, shooting his own back towards the hole, coming to rest a foot from the cup and allowing him to tap in for birdie. Spieth was able to replace his own ball in its original position, but could only manage a par. RICKIE FOWLER 2015 BMW CHAMPIONSHIP R OGER Maltbie could have tried a million more times and never managed to hit that half-inch wide metal gallery stake again. The fact that his ball went from disaster to a prime spot on the green was made all the more legendary because it was on the third sudden- death playoff hole at the 1976 Memorial Tournament. Maltbie went on to make par and keep his hopes alive, then sank a 20-footer for birdie at the next hole to grab the win. WATCH THE SHOT HERE ROGER MALTBIE 1976 MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
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