Aaron Baddeley's tee shot on the par-4 17th Thursday at the Valero Texas Open would have beenthe second hole-in-one on a par 4 in PGA Tour history had he only taken a mulligan.
Baddeley still made an almost statistically impossible birdie on the hole en route to a 68, which put him a shot back of leaderCharley Hoffmanafter the first round at the TPC-San Antonio.
"Well the finish was pretty normal," Baddeley said afterward to reporters, getting a laugh.
The Australian's first swing, from the tee of the easily reachable 336-yard par 4, went wildly left.
"I was thinking of gripping a 3-wood or hit a cut driver, and I don't know, I went with the cut driver," Baddeley said. "(Instead) I hit a pulled draw in the middle of the trees."
After deciding to take an unplayable penalty, the 34-year-old walked back to the tee.
Baddeley said he then decided not to try and pull off the shot he attempted the first time.
"No ... the next one I tried to choke up a little bit on the driver and hit it straight." the three-time PGA Tour winner said.
After hitting the errant first shot, he was able to gather himself and deliver the shot of a lifetime.
"I just said to myself, it was just the wrong shot. Hit a straight one," Baddeley said. "It was straight downwind, get it going straight, it will go straight. So I hit -- and I hit the second one, man. Why didn't I do that the first time? And it rolls up and goes in."
Andrew Mageeholds the distinction of recording the only hole-in-one on a par 4 in PGA Tour history, in 2001 at the TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.
Magee's ball ricocheted off the putter of another pro that was on the green and went in.
Aaron Baddeley feat nothing 'normal'
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