WATCH: 68-Year-Old Former Masters Champion Makes Sensastional Hole-in-One With a Driver

Published 08/27/2021, 7:15 AM EDT


What is the best feeling in golf? Different people might have different opinions, but the most common would be getting a “hole-in-one.” It is a no-brainer for some, isn’t it? Making an ace on a hole, be it a par-3 or a driveable par-4 gives a golfer a feeling like no other. Moreover, if you’re able to accomplish it even after you turn 60, it is a sensational feat! 

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Craig Stadler sinks spectacular hole-in-one with a driver

Craig Stadler is not your average golfer. While his name might not seem too familiar with the current generation’s golf fans, Stadler was a star in the 80s and the 90s. Well, he has 13 PGA Tour wins and not many players can boast about that achievement. 

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But all that is in the past, and Stadler is a retired 68-year-old now. The 1982 Masters tournament winner recently played golf with his friends at Country Club of Peoria in Illinois where he achieved an ace on a 169-yard hole with a driver! 

Dan Boever posted the clip on Twitter when Stadler can be seen murmuring about people “forcing him to hit drivers” on a short 169-yard hole. A half-minded Stadler then cut his driver with a short swing which unsurprisingly reached the green. 

Then, a camera angle switch showed the back of the green where the ball took a gentle bounce and gleefully rolled into the hole, giving Craig Stadler a well-deserved hole-in-one. While he did hit the shot with a forced mindset, the resulting ace put a smile on Stadler’s face. Watch the clip below: 

If there’s one lesson that this clip teaches us, it is that golf does not have an age restriction. You might not be at the peak of your physical strength but you can still play the sport to your joy. This is why it’s the greatest sport mankind has ever invented! 

Stadler won the 1982 Masters in an emphatic fashion

The 1982 Masters title is the only major championship trophy in Craig Stadler’s career and it came in a thrilling fashion too. This tournament is also special for other reasons as well. 

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The 1982 Masters still holds the record for having the highest 32-hole cut (+10) since the cutline was introduced in 1957. Moreover, it was also the final year when the players were asked to use Augusta National club caddies. The rule was changed from the subsequent year.

As for the 1982 edition, Stadler and Dan Pohl were tied for the lead at 4-under-par through 72-holes. The likes of Seve Ballesteros, Tom Kite, and Tom Watson finished in the Top 10 of the leaderboard. 

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The Masters then went into a sudden-death playoff starting from the tenth hole. Stadler kept his cool and made a par-putt, while Pohl missed it. This handed Stadler the maiden major championship victory of his career. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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