Block Dunks Ace on 15, Fairytale Continues
With some of the game’s greatest golfers chasing glory on Sunday at the PGA Championship, the biggest cheers at Oak Hill were given to PGA Professional Michael Block, who dunked a hole-in-one on the 15th hole.
The ace brought Block’s score down to even par on the day, climbing to a tie for 14th place at the time. Block hit 7-iron from 151 yards and the ball flew into the cup without touching the green or flagstick. It was the 29th ace at the PGA Championship since 1983.
The gallery went nuts, playing competitor Rory McIlroy gave Block a high-five and Block was then shown on television marking a 1 on his scorecard with a circle around it. He made birdie on the hole during Saturday’s third round meaning Block played the par-3 hole in three total shots over the weekend.
Block’s whole week has been a feel-good story. He endeared himself to viewers after calmly and playfully handling a mid-round interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt on Thursday. Then he followed that up with three straight rounds of even-par 70 golf to tie for eighth place after Saturday. Only one other PGA Professional had been inside the top 10 after 54 holes since 1990.