Zach Johnson aces hole at Pinehurst, high-fives the crowd

PINEHURST, N.C.Zach Johnson will be buying the beers tonight.

The former Masters champion made a hole-in-one on the par-3 ninth hole — one of Pinehurst’s toughest — on Sunday afternoon to get his final round back to even par.

The ball landed left of the hole and trickled down the hill, running out of steam right at the cup. Here’s a GIF of the shot, courtesy of For the Win and @corkgaines:

Johnson tossed his club in the air, put his arms to the sky and couldn’t help but smile despite being well out of contention at the U.S. Open.

He took off in a sprint to give high-fives down the right side of the fairway, then jogged to the other side to slap hands with those on the left.


The ace helped him finish under par on the hole, as he had two pars and a bogey on it coming into the day.

It was the third year in a row that a player made a hole-in-one at the U.S. Open. Johnson’s ace was the 44th in tournament history.

Johnson posted rounds of 71-74-72 in the first three rounds.