When it comes to the PGA Championship this weekend at Oak Hill, all eyes may be on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but thereâ€™s something special that happened at this same course 14 years ago that left our own Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver with a record-setting moment in history.
Weaver, then 29, was one of four players at the 1989 US Open at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., to hit a hole-in-one in less than two hours, a record for a PGA event. He was the first to hit the ace. It happened on the 156-yard sixth hole where Weaver used a 7-iron to make the shot. The ball went into a ridge to the right of the cup and then rolled back into the cup for the famous shot.
â€śThe decibel level in the grandstand went up and up and up,â€ť said Weaver at the time in the New York Times, and, he said, when the ball disappeared into the cup, â€śit sounded like a clap of lightning.â€ť
Three subsequent players made a hole-in-one on the very same hole and using the same 7-iron club after Weaver. â€śThe best part for me was that I was on the 12th tee, less than 100 yards from the sixth green when Mark got his hole-in-one,â€ť Weaver said. â€śI was in the middle of the 13th fairway when I heard the roar for Jerry, and I was on the 14th hole when I heard the roar for Nickâ€™s. I was able to relive it every time.â€ť
According to the New York Times, the odds of such an event happening all on the same day are 332,000 to 1. Even for a professional to hit a hole-in-one on the PGA tour in any given round is calculated at 3,708 to 1.
Weaver has been featured in articles and several media outlets across the country as we head into the PGA Championship at the same New York course this weekend. Mentions of Weaverâ€™s famous shot have run in the New York Times, Chicago Times, been discussed on the Golf Channel and more.
Should you hope for a hole-in-one at this yearâ€™s Championship? Weâ€™re not betting on it. The sixth hole has been changed since then and the slope softened. Of course maybe if Doug Weaver was thereâ€¦
If you would like to take a lesson or clinic from our very own PGA pro, Weaver himself, give us a call at 866-744-7558. He offers instructional programs every day of the week at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy for players of every skill level.Â