Charley Hoffman's fortunate bounce led to the first hole-in-one of the 2018 Masters

@TheMasters / TwitterCharley Hoffman won’t take home the green jacket in 2018, but he did provide one of the highlights of the Masters with the first hole-in-one of the tournament.
  • Charley Hoffman hit the first hole-in-one of the Masters on Sunday.
  • The shot came at No. 16 at Augusta National, and was the 20th ace that has been hit at the hole in the history of the tournament.
  • While the ace didn’t get Hoffman back into contention, it did temporarily bring him into the top ten, setting him up for a great payday.

Charley Hoffman won’t be winning the 2018 Masters, but he will leave Augusta National with one of the highlights of the tournament, hitting the first hole-in-one of the weekend at No. 16 on Sunday.

Hoffman did get a fortunate bounce as the ball just missed the bunker and kicked straight towards the hole.

Hoffman’s line was something of an anomaly at No. 16.

While the hole has seen 20 aces all-time, the CBS commentators noted that most of them took the high road over the pin before rolling back down into the hole. Instead, Hoffman’s ball took a much more dangerous path – barely getting past the frontside bunker before finding its home at the bottom of the hole.

Hoffman won’t be taking home the green jacket this weekend, but the ace did earn him one of the crystal bowls awarded to those who hit a hole-in-one at Augusta National. The shot also brought him down to six-under for the weekend, shooting him up the leaderboard, albeit still far short of the leaders.

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