PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Steve “Pepsi” Hale remembers being the first group out on Friday at the 1989 U.S. Open. He remembers his player, Doug Weaver, making birdie at the fifth. He remembers handing Weaver a 7-iron for his tee shot at the 156-yard sixth hole at Oak Hill.
After that things get a little fuzzy, or maybe it’s frenzied.
Weaver’s tee shot flew into a ridge 15 feet beyond and right of the cup, spun back and rolled slowly into the cup for an ace. About 100 fans cheered the hole-in-one wildly. About an hour later Hale heard a similar roar come from the direction of the sixth.
“We were on the 11th tee when the next one went in,” recalled Hale, who was caddying for Weaver in 1989. “Then the next one, then the next one.”
When the dust and decibels settled, four players – Weaver, Mark Wiebe, Jerry Pate and Nick Price – all scored hole in ones on the sixth within two hours of Weaver’s first.
“It was unbelievable,” said Hale, who now caddies for Keegan Bradley. “You could just keep hearing the cheers.”
Don’t expect a similar show at this week’s PGA Championship. The green has been altered since the ’89 Open and the slope – which all four players banked their tee shots off – has been softened.