The 2019 Mayakoba Golf Classic will be remembered, as least in part, for its Thursday washout, rain delaying the start of the event and causing it to spill past the scheduled Sunday finish into Monday morning, local time. But it also will go down as the PGA Tour stop where aces were wild as PGA Tour pros took dead aim at flags on a rain-softened course.
Early in the final round at the El Cameleon course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, defending Mayakoba champion Matt Kuchar holed this shot on the par-3 eighth hole.
This video here didn’t capture the audio that Golf Channel cameras did, when you could hear Kuchar lamenting that it “didn’t go in but it’s close”, unaware that it actually had gone in the hole. Not until Kuchar got closer to the green did he realise the ball had indeed gone in.
No more than three minutes later, Brian Gay stepped to tee on the par-3 10th hole and watched as this happened.
Obviously from his reaction, there was no doubt that Gay knew the outcome of his shot.
Pretty amazing, right? How often do you see a pair of holes-in-one in such a short span?
Well, actually it happened just two days earlier at Mayakoba. On Friday during the rain-delayed first round, Cameron Tringale and Chase Seiffert made holes-in-one on the par-3 fourth… in consecutive groups.
The four aces made in Mexico nearly doubled the number recorded on tour during the early part of the season. In the first nine tournaments of the 2019-2020 campaign, there had been five holes-in-one made.
Meanwhile, less than an hour before Kuchar made his ace, Matthew NeSmith did this on the eighth.
Ordinarily, we’d be pretty impressed. But given the success of his fellow tour pros, we’re not sure if this one even warrants a, “Nice shot”.