Going into the fourth sudden-death playoff hole, tied with two other players, Jonathan Byrd teed off. That was all he needed.
It's something we've all dreamed about as little kids. At least, little kids with the desire to play sports, but without the physical presence to be real athletes.
Byrd was first to swing on the 204-yard 17th hole at the wonderfully named Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He plopped it 10 feet from the pin, and it promptly rolled in. Not that anyone had to check, but it was the first time a PGA Tour Event ended with an ace.
It was too dark for Byrd to see the ball disappear into the cup, and even the cheers from a smattering of fans around the green were not immediately convincing.
"Did that go in?" Byrd asked his caddie.
It was Byrd's second hole-in-one on tour, and it almost didn't happen. Before the hole, officials asked the players if they wanted to pick it up tomorrow because of encroaching darkness. Byrd deferred; Martin Laird and Cameron Percy wanted to continue. With the difference in prize money between first and second, Byrd's 6-iron was worth $400,000.
The most absurd part: Byrd waiting to see if either of the other players could match his hole-in-one. (Yes, more absurd than posing with Justin Timberlake and the trophy afterwards.)