While many golf courses around the country are closed at the moment due to The Big Cancel, those that are open have come up with clever ways to help stop the spread of germs.
On top of leaving the flagstick in at all times, courses are also altering the cup itself, and electing to put something inside the hole to keep the ball from actually dropping to the bottom, therefore, limiting contact to the hole itself.
An object inside the cup makes it far more difficult to actually hole anything outside of a putt and Jordan Spieth learned that the hard way during a charity event on his home course.
Spieth, who was playing as a marker in the event, stepped to the 110-yard Par 3 17th and managed to hit the hole only the ball never dropped. Instead, the bell clanged off the pin and the plastic piece inside the hole and rolled into the water.
Spieth isn’t worried about the tough break, however, he’s going to go ahead and count it as an ace, which is beyond questionable. It would be one thing if the ball trickled over the hole and finished up an inch or two next to it, but with it ending up in the water then there is just no way you can count it as a hole-in-one.
Personally, I’m on board with completely canceling holes-in-one during these troubling times. Any hole-in-one hit with a piece of plastic or a piece of a pool noodle in the cup, which is the route my home course took, is only going to create controversy. Every time you talk about that particular ace it comes with an asterisk attached to it as well.
Having said that, if Spieth is counting his completely bogus hole-in-one then I can absolutely count mine too, right? If a pro is doing it, I can do it.