When players returned to the course for today’s rain-delayed second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson, they teed it up on a modified layout that almost featured what would surely have been the shortest par-4 in PGA Tour history.
You’ve heard of driveable par-4s. This would have been something completely different.
The par-4 14th hole is listed at 406 yards.
Today, it was going to play as a 100 yard par-4, according to the PGA Tour:
Here’s the clarification tweet from the PGA Tour a few hours later:
Getting the hole into playable condition was not as simple as just moving the tee markers. Here’s a closer look at the work that went into making the hole playable.
Nearly 5 inches of rain fell last night on the TPC Four Seasons course in Irving, Texas. That’s in addition to the heavy rains last week that delayed the Crowne Plaza Colonial Invitational in nearby Fort Worth and have caused flooding across the Lone Star state. The AP reported about 17 inches of rain have fallen at the TPC Course in less than three weeks.
Long-hitting Gary Woodland quickly took advantage of the short hole, making an ace early in the second round. You can watch it below, via PGATour.com:
Andrew Magee has the only official ace on a par-4 in PGA Tour history. That happened in 2001 at TPC Scottsdale when his drive on the short 17th hole bounced off Tom Byrum’s putter and into the hole. Here it is, starting around the 4:35 mark: