UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Cameron Tringale made an ace Tuesday at Chambers Bay during a practice round for the U.S. Open.
Or maybe he didn’t.
There are two different tee boxes on the par-3 ninth hole – one from a higher elevation that plays around 250 yards, the other from an elevation lower than the green that plays around 225 yards.
Tringale, playing in his second U.S. Open and first as a professional, hit a 3-iron from the lower tee box that plugged badly in the right greenside bunker. He teed up another ball and hit a “pure golf shot” that carried the same bunker, rolled about 40 feet and dropped into the hole.
“So does it really count or not,” Tringale asked. “As it was happening that’s what I was kind of thinking about.”
The 27-year-old Californian says that he only had one hole in one before Tuesday.
“It’s always something to see that ball disappear with a long club in your hand,” he said. “There were plenty of people up there to celebrate it.”
Whether it’s an ace or not didn’t seem to matter much.
“Very cool nonetheless,” he said.