Bo Van Pelt was a few inches away from doing something never before done at the Masters: a double-eagle and a hole-in-one by the same player. They were part of a back-nine 30 and final round 8-under-par 64 on Sunday.
His 6-iron on No. 16, a 170-yard par-3, flew past the flag to the right and trickled back around the slope for a hole-in-one. It was the 22nd ace in tournament history and 14th on No. 16. It was the seventh hole-in-one of Van Pelt’s career and fifth in a competitive tournament.
“My 5-year-old asked me the other day if I had ever made a hole in one and I said yes and he said you haven’t had one in quite a while, so it’s neat that now I’ll get to tell him about this,” he said.
His wife, Carrie, and 10-year-old daughter, Olivia, were standing near the green and saw the hole-in-one.
It wasn’t Van Pelt’s only highlight.
He hit a choked-down 5-iron from 198 yards on his second shot at No. 13. He thought it was going in.
“I’ve never made a double-eagle and as it was rolling I thought ‘Holy Cow, I’m going to make a two at Augusta on a par-five,’” he said.
It stopped two inches short. It would have been just the fourth double-eagle in tournament history.
Van Pelt had several chances to tie or break the Masters’ 18-hole record of 63. He missed makeable birdie putts on No. 7, 11 and 12. He missed a birdie chance on No. 17 but made one on No. 18.
He said after making the hole-in-one he didn’t think about trying to shoot a 63.
“After you a hit a hole-in-one you’re so excited you’re just trying to focus,” he said.
– Doug Roberson