Anyone who watched the final round of the Masters was treated to an exciting day of birdies and bogeys, ups and downs, and, incredibly, three holes-in-one on the 16th hole. As exciting as the first two aces by Shane Lowry and Davis Love III were, they were overshadowed by Louis Oosthuizen’s shot later on Sunday afternoon.
J.B. Holmes was paired with Oosthuizen and played first from the 16th tee. Holmes hit a great tee shot to about 4 feet above the hole. Oosthuizen then stepped onto the tee with a 7-iron and watched as his ball took the slope toward the flagstick, ricocheted off of Holmes’ ball and eventually found its way to the bottom of the hole for a hole-in-one. How do the Rules of Golf apply in this unique situation?