The strange sequence happened Thursday at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. Hubbard carded a 1-under 35 through his first nine holes.
July 29 (News) — Golfer Mark Hubbard dropped his club in disgust and called his drive on the 11th “embarrassing” before watching the ball roll to the hole-in-one on the first round of the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic.
He then made par on the #10 and teeed off on the #11, a 216-yard, par 3.
Hubbard made contact, dropped his club, looked down and said “this is embarrassing” as his shot flew across the fairway. The ball then fell onto the green and bounced about four times. He then quickly rolled towards the pin, spinning around the hole and dropping for an ace.
Hubbard, shocked by the result, put his hand to his face, realizing his first impression of the recording was quite wrong.
“To be honest, it was quite embarrassing,” Hubbard told reporters.
Hubbard went on to finish 3-under on the back nine and was 4-under for the day. He said his career hole-in-one total is now nine.
“I looked up and it was a perfect one-yard tie,” Hubbard said of his shot. “[Golfer] Wyndham Clark actually said as soon as I let go of him he was like, “Dude, that better not go in” but actually it landed and dribbled like a putt.
“Yeah, I think that’s probably going to be one of my favorite hole-in-ones I’ve ever had just because of the situation. And none of them even gave me a high-five after that.”
Tony Finau and Taylor Pendrith were 8-unders and shared the lead through the first 18 holes of the tournament. The Rocket Mortgage Classic runs through Sunday.
Round two on Friday will air until 6 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel. The winner of the tournament will take home $1.51 million.