Price, playing in the very next group and only the second player to hit since Pate, lines up his shot as he listens to a thrilled volunteer explain exactly how to make a one here. As soon as Price hits his Spalding number 2, the volunteer screeches. "That's it! That's how you do it!" And sure enough, the ball lands eight feet right of the pin. jumps forward and then rolls backward into what is by now a very exhausted hole.
Of the first 32 players through on Friday, four had made a one. This was either golf by divine intervention or the world's most competitive closest-to-the-pin contest. And you know that somebody sitting at the 6th hole was seeing golf played for the first time. These guys aren't so great. A lot of 'em don't even make it.
According to the experts at Golf Digest, the odds of a pro golfer's making a hole in one on a given hole are 3.708 to 1. The odds of four pros in a field of 156 doing it are 332,000 to one. Who knows what the odds are of it happening again?