The ace was only the fifth on the hole in tournament history and the first of McCarthy’s career on the PGA Tour.
And then, a few hours later, Brendan Todd also pitched his first hole-in-one of his career on the PGA Tour.
The American completed the feat in the eighth par 3 with an effort of 213 yards with his 5 wood. It was the first hole in one in the eighth since Michael Thompson’s ace in the first round of the 2013 contest.
For McCarthy, who had two practice holes but no competitive ones, the ace was the crowning achievement of an excellent run that propelled him to contention in the flagship PGA Tour event.
“I just had a really good number today on that pin. It was a perfect 8 iron for me, and I just got up there and executed the shot. chance to enter. “
He arrived this week after missing six of his last eight cuts, but his 69th second round and a total of 6 under places him among the leaders.
Lee Westwood hit a 6-under-66 bogey-less to take the lead at halfway on Friday with a score of 9 under, one ahead of compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick.
While the odds of professional golfers hitting a hole in one are significantly higher than your average player, they can still go on and on for their entire career without one.
A touring player’s odds of hitting a hole-in-one are 3,000 to 1, while for average players it is 12,000 to 1, according to the National Hole-in-One Registry.
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