28-year-old Britisher of Indian origin, Aaron Rai, a two-time winner on the European Tour, started the final round in the top 10 but shot a disappointing final round 75 to finish tied 19th. However he gained global attention for his dramatic hole in one on the infamous island green 17th.
Watch Rai’s ace on the iconic 17th hole.
ANOTHER ACE ON 17!!!!!
Aaron Rai makes his first career ace to send the crowd into a frenzy! pic.twitter.com/48vVElNQr7
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Rai said, “Hit it great, looked great in the air and very pleased to see it go in. That was an incredible moment,” Rai said. “And very pleased of the way that I played 18 as well on the back end of that. It can be quite tricky to compose myself after a situation like that, so to hit a great tee shot, to hit a great second shot and to make birdie was a very pleasing way to finish.”
Rai earned his way onto the PGA Tour in 2021, when he finished in a tie for second in the Korn Ferry Tour finals. He finished 93rd in the 2022 FedEx Cup Rankings last season, which was enough to keep his playing rights for 2023.
Hatton’s back 9 worth US$2.5 mn
Tyrrell Hatton of England was the other player who stole headlines as he birdied the last five holes on Sunday and became the first player to shoot 29 on the back nine at TPC Sawgrass. His final round 65 jumped him to 2nd behind Scheffler. Hatton’s back 9 theoretically earned him $2.5mn as he looked set to earn $143,000 for the position he was in starting the 10th and by the end of it he took home $2,725,000 !!! That’s more money in two hours than 95% of tour pro golfers earn in a year !!
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