‘I smelled like beer’: Chase Koepka ace ignites wild hole-in-one celebration

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Chase Koepka made a hole-in-one at LIV Golf's event in Australia, and it led to quite the scene on the tee box.

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While America was mostly sleeping on Sunday morning, LIV Golf was finishing up its final round in Adelaide, South Australia, and the tournament’s final day produced one of the craziest hole-in-one celebrations we’ve seen in pro golf.

Chase Koepka, whose brother Brooks nearly won the Masters a couple of weeks ago, was playing the par-3 12th hole at The Grange Golf Club. LIV dubbed the par-3 the “Watering Hole” due to its stadium-like seating, so it’s no surprise thirsty fans were fueled up to celebrate any big shots (and had props ready to toss).

Check out the shot below.

It was Koepka’s sixth ace of his career, but it’s hard to imagine he celebrated any of them like he did here, which led to a club toss and chest bumps.

“I got up on the tee, and I was just trying to hit kind of like a trap draw 9-iron, something that we’ve just been working on all week, just trying to make sure I drew it,” he said. “I hit it, and I knew it was good. I kind of thought if anything it was going to be a little deep, and I saw it kind of pitch in the upslope and take a soft bounce, and I was like, ‘Oh, it’ll be close,’ and then the roars just kept getting louder and louder and louder, and when it went in, I started just getting peppered with beer cans. I smelled like beer the whole entire rest of the day.

“Yeah, it was wild. Crazy experience. I mean, obviously to do it on a hole like that was super special. It definitely gave the fans something to remember. The next couple hours I was out there, I was just getting ovation after ovation every time I walked up to every shot, every tee box. It was pretty cool. That’s probably what Cam Smith felt like the entire week, but at least I got a glimpse of it.”

The ace was reminiscent of Sam Ryder’s hole-in-one at the par-3 16th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2022, although Ryder’s was surrounded by a much larger stadium atmosphere (and with more beer bottles thrown).

Here it is one more time, from a different angle. Koepka shot 66 and finished 24th. Talor Gooch beat Anirban Lahiri by three to win the tournament. The final round is airing via tape delay on The CW from 1-6 p.m. ET on Sunday.

“That’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yeah, it’s something to always remember,” Koepka said. “Yeah, it’s pretty cool. I can just say that.”

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