Francesco Molinari makes it rain beer with hole-in-one on Phoenix Open’s 16th hole
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open was packed well before 11:30 a.m., but that’s when the fans who got there early enough to grab seats got their money’s worth.
Italian golfer Francesco Molinari’s tee shot with a pitching wedge landed on the green, then gently rolled into the cup for a hole-in-one.
"I was just smiling," Molinari said after shooting a 7-under 64 in the third round of the tournament. "Brian Davis had to play after me, unfortunately, so he had to wait for a while to let the guys clear the green and the bunkers. I don’t know how to describe it. It was amazing for me to be there and have a hole-in-one in that scenario."
Here’s a look Molinari’s 133-yard hole-in-one, the ninth of its kind at 16.
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That, quite obviously, sent the crowd into a frenzy. Beer cans began raining onto the course.
Molinari threw the ball into the stands — "it had done its job," he said — but fans eventually threw it back.
"They nearly hit Brian Davis again," Molinari said. "It was nice to get it back."
Though Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson missed the cut on Friday, the party continues on a cloudy but relatively dry day at TPC Scottsdale.
Bubba Watson likely is the biggest draw by name, but the 16th hole added to its mystique on Day 3 of the tournament thanks to Molinari, who said he saw fans rushing to the grandstands at the hole when he went to the driving range before 7 a.m.
Those fans were probably back to the beer line after reacting to the Italian’s ace. Maybe they’ll be back for the fourth round Sunday.
"I guess tomorrow I can hit it to 2 feet and I’ll be booed," Molinari joked.