US Open: Straka shines with hole-in-one

US Open: Straka shines with hole-in-one

US Open

Sepp Straka provided a rare highlight on the second day of the US Open in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The Viennese native managed a hole-in-one on the ninth hole, a shot directly into the hole. It was the 31-year-old’s first ace on the PGA Tour. Straka nevertheless had to accept a drop in the rankings after a round of 72.

15.06.2024 00.05

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After the first round on the par-70 course on Thursday, the Viennese native was in 16th place, but on Friday evening he was only in 32nd place. However, some players had not yet finished their round, and the ÖGV star should definitely make the cut before the weekend. He experienced a lot of downside on the second day of the tournament. A triple bogey on the third hole and a subsequent bogey marked a complete false start.

After a birdie, there was another bogey. After the rare highlight on the ninth, he threw his arms around his American playing colleague JT Poston and gave his caddie Duane Bock a good high five. “Yeah, seven iron, perfect number for me,” said Straka. Poston is one of his best friends on the tour. “He was there when I hit my ‘ace’ in Augusta in the par-three contest. The celebration was a little better this time,” said the graduate of the University of Georgia.

Golf ace Straka with magic shot

Sepp Straka had a mixed round on the second day of the US Open in North Carolina, but he did manage to achieve a real highlight: the Viennese managed a hole-in-one on the ninth hole. This kept Straka on course for the cut.

Not Straka’s first feat

On April 10, he managed a hole-in-one in this supporting competition before the US Masters in Augusta, just as he had done on a practice day in Augusta the year before. On the ninth hole at the US Open in Pinehurst, only Peter Jacobsen (2005) and Zach Johnson (2014) had previously achieved this feat.

After the break, Straka added a birdie and was suddenly back in the top 30. A bogey on the 15th fit the picture of an overall inconsistent performance. But Straka kept alive the chance of improving his best placing at the US Open – in 2019 he was tied for 28th. In the past two years he had missed the cut in each of the last two years.

2024-06-14 22:05:42
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