We have our first hole-in-one of the 2014 U.S. Open thanks to Zach Johnson, who drilled the ace at the par-3 9th at Pinehurst. The hole is playing on the shorter side at 172 yards, and Johnson is one of the best iron players in the world. The former Masters champ lofted his tee shot out into the center of the green, catching a" fall line" as Johnny Miller would say and funneling the ball back down to the hole.
That's a nice little 7-iron and a quick way to pick up two shots on a Pinehurst course that's playing a little easier than Saturday. Miller speculated we'll see another one at this hole before the day is over. Johnson's ace is the 44th hole-in-one in U.S. Open history, and just the second at Pinehurst No. 2. Peter Jacobson made his on the same hole with the same club.
With a little extra time on his hands and no need to worry about lining up a putt, Johnson decided to run up-and-down both sides of the gallery and play to the crowd.
This will help put Johnson in a slightly better mood than last year at Merion, when he crushed the USGA for "manipulating" the golf courses.