Shawn Stefani becomes first player to make hole-in-one at a Merion-hosted U.S. Open

Shane Bacon
Devil Ball Golf

If you were taking bets on which hole might get aced this week at Merion, the 17th would probably be your last pick. The lengthy par-3 to close out the U.S. Open has played incredibly tough this week, but the tees were moved up for the final round and Shawn Stefani took full advantage of a couple of things, becoming the first player to ever make a hole-in-one during a U.S. Open hosted at Merion.

Stefani hit a 4-iron on the 213 yard par-3, missing the entire green to the left but got a favorable hop, and the ball just would not stop rolling toward the cup.

It disappeared, Stefani celebrated like a mad man and he has a great memory at this U.S. Open.

That shot by Stefani was the 43th hole-in-one in the history of the U.S. Open and helped Stefani improve his score by 16 shots from Saturday to Sunday.

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