Club pro Michael Block, the feel-good story of the 2023 PGA Championship, made a hole-in-one on the 151-yard par-3 15th at Oak Hill Country Club while playing alongside Rory McIlroy.
While the ace got Block’s score back to even-par, he made bogey on the 16th to drop to one-over and tied 15th. If Block can hold onto a 15th spot or better, he will be invited back to next year’s PGA Championship.
But back to the ace. Watch the crowd go wild:
“No, no?” Block said in disbelief. “No way, no way.” Making it even more impressive is that to that point, Block had played well; he arrived at the 15th tee two over on his round. For a club pro, that’s golfing your ball under major championship Sunday pressure.
After arriving at the green and scooping his ball out of the cup, Block and his caddie John Jackson could be heard soaking it all in behind the 15th green. “It’s going to cause a delay,” Jackson said, referring to the fact the PGA would have to repair the cup for the final few groups after Block’s ball damaged it by flying directly in.
“I’ll cause that delay every time,” Block said.
Block’s home club in California, Arroyo Trabucho, went nuts:
-Additional reporting Chris Powers