COOLUM, Australia – In an unusual example of golfing synchronicity, good friends John Senden and Greg Chalmers have each had a hole-in-one at the Australian PGA – on consecutive days, from the same group and on the same hole.
The left-hander Chalmers had his ace on Thursday in the first round, watching his shot bounce three or four times to the center left pin location on the par-3, 158-meter (173-yard) second hole at the Hyatt Regency resort course.
On Friday, fellow Australian Senden, in the same group and hitting to a back right pin location on the same hole, saw his shot roll further along the green before going straight in the hole.
The third – and aceless – member of the group is American Bubba Watson.
Senden also birdied the opening par-5 Friday, making him 3-under after two holes, while Australian Open champion Chalmers also birdied the first. Watson could console himself with an eagle on the first.
Senden, who had an opening 73, finished with a 64 Friday to move him up the leaderboard into a tie for fourth, four behind leader Marcus Fraser. Watson was in second after a 68, two shots behind Fraser, while Chalmers had a 69 and was seven behind.