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Graeme McDowell makes hole-in-one from no-look ‘layup’ shot

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“That was a layup!”

Graeme McDowell made a hole-in-one, despite saying it was a ‘layup’ afterwards, during Friday’s round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.

Pairings format

This week’s team event is a unique format on the PGA Tour with pairs of twos teaming up over the four days.

Thursday’s first-round was a four-ball better-ball set-up, which was then followed by foursomes on Friday.

The top 35 teams qualified for the weekend where there will be another round of four-balls and foursomes respectively. McDowell’s partner this week is England’s Matt Wallace.

Hole in one.

It was McDowell’s turn to tee off in Friday’s alternate shot format on the 216-yard par-3 17th hole where he went with a 4-iron as his club.

The 2010 US Open champion hit his shot before picking up his tee, seemingly happy his ball would be safely on the front of the green.

However, the ball skipped forward before heading towards the hole. It then managed to catch enough of the left side of the hole and went in, sparking wild celebrations between himself, Wallace and their two caddies.

“That was a lay up!” McDowell remarked jokingly afterwards.

Interview.

Speaking in a television interview after the round, the 41-year-old was asked about the shot on 17.

“I would have been happy with anything dry there, but I’ll take a one,” McDowell replied.

“I decided to try and hit a four (iron) and pitch it to the front half of the green and sort of take my medicine and get out of there.

“It was a nice little shot in the arm for us, and we birdied the next, and we put ourselves in a nice little slot going into the weekend.”

That “nice little slot” is five shots back off leaders Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura and the big-hitting duo of Tony Finau and Cameron Champ, who are both on 13 under.

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Twitter reaction.

The Northern Irishman tweeted after: “WHAT A FEELING!!!!!!!”

He tagged his playing partner Wallace who responded with: “Genuinely, one of the happiest moments I’ve ever had on a golf course. Was such a good shot. @Graeme_McDowell you’re awesome pardz.”

Leaders Hovland and Ventura also celebrated with their playing partners: “Victor & Kris loved it too,” Wallace added.

US golfer Max Homa had a tongue-in-cheek response to Wallace’s tweet saying: “It was nice to see u smile not in a European Tour video lol.”

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