Armour makes quiet ace at Rocket Mortgage Classic
Lone witness by the green, Jimmy Walker’s trainer, goes crazy
Ryan Armour birdies No. 9 in Round 2 at Rocket Mortgage
DETROIT – What happens if you make a hole-in-one 和 there’s no one there to clap?
It happened in the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club, as Ryan Armour aced the 158-yard fifth hole with an 8-iron.
We’ll let him tell the rest.
“It landed, one hop, right in the hole,” Armour said. “There's no spectators here, so there happened to be Jimmy Walker's trainer was out there because Jimmy's battling some wrist and h和 issues, so he went nuts, so we knew it went in.”
Yep, the ball went in 和 the fan – singular – went wild. And he wasn’t even really a fan.
“It's just pretty cool,” Armour added. “I hadn't had one in a while 和 it got me off the unlucky 13 number.”
Yep, it turns out Armour had been sitting on 13 career aces for a while. (We should all have such golf problems.) His ace was the third since the restart on the PGA巡回赛. Sung Kang made one in the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge, 和 Abraham Ancer delivered his own quiet hole-in-one in the first round of the Travelers Championship last week.
Not lost amid the hole-in-one excitement was the fact that he carded an 8-under 64, with a 6-under 30 on the front nine – his second of the day. The ace certainly helped.
Armour, who is coming off a T6 at the Travelers Championship, was part of a six-man pileup at 11 under and was just one off the lead shared by Chris Kirk (65) 和 Webb Simpson (64).
If anyone benefited from the nearly three-month break necessitated by the pandemic, it was Armour. With six straight missed cuts going into THE 玩家 Championship, he’d been feeling dinged up 和 beaten down before the TOUR went on hold due to the coronavirus after round one at Sawgrass.
Now, nearly four months later, he’s healthy again.
“It's kind of a new lease on life,” he said.
Making an ace helps, too, even if the fans aren’t there to celebrate.