It's just one of the many differences between the average amateur and tour pro. But throw in an ace and a double-eagle into the equation, and you're bound to get some sort of reaction from even the best players in the world.
Take former PGA Tour winner Bob Dickson, for example. At 67 years old, he's done it all in his career, winning the U.S. and British amateur titles while in college at Oklahoma State, and capturing wins on the PGA and Champions tours. So when he showed up to play a casual round of golf at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, he definitely wasn't expecting fireworks and the pressure of playing in the final group on Sunday afternoon.
That is until he holed a 3-wood for double-eagle on the par-5 second hole for an auspicious start. He then followed the hole-out with a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth. That's when things started to get serious, because before Dickson knew it, he was marking down 29 on his scorecard for the front-nine.
Of course, even the best golfers start to feel the pressure. Dickson was no exception, as he came home in 37 to shoot 66, which still allowed him to best his age by a shot. But it's safe to say his double-eagle and ace probably ranks right up there as one his best front-nine experiences.
Even though he didn't finish in dramatic fashion, having two memorable golf achievements within seven holes of each other is pretty darn impressive, even for a guy with a trophy case full of hardware.
The most incredible thing about Dickson's achievement on the course was that Japanese golfer Chie Arimura carded a double-eagle and ace in a tournament just six days before Dickson achieved the feat. With their luck, maybe both should consider playing the lottery.
- PGA Tour