One-Armed Golfer Laurent Hurtubise Makes Hole-In-One At PGA Tour Event
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A one-armed amateur golfer nailed a 151-yard hole-in-one at the PGA Tour American Express 2020.
Laurent Hurtubise was born with one arm and started playing golf at age 11.
On Thursday, he made an ace at @theamexgolf. :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/0Rpa8FhpyD
- PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 17, 2020
Laurent Hurtubise, who was born without most of his right arm, hit the shot of the day on Thursday, on the par-3 4th hole in the tournament's opening round.
He was playing alongside three-time PGA tour winner Troy Merritt, who said afterwards: "That was the coolest experience I've had on the golf course."
After the shot, Hurtubise celebrated by throwing his hat into the air and was met by cheers from the crowd.
The PGA tweeted about the moment and one person responded: "That was awesome. Any hole in one is awesome."
Another added: "Didn't see him make his ace, but had the pleasure to watch him hit a golf ball today at the Stadium course. Most people with two arms would like to be able to hit like he does with one. Very cool and congrats on the ace. What a memory that will be!"
A third fan commented: "This could be the most inspirational shot I've seen - another reason why golf is the best."
The American Express tournament invites amateur golfers to play alongside professionals so Hurtubise was probably feeling the pressure.
One of those pros was Greg Chalmers, who praised Hurtubise for the 'incredible' shot. Speaking to the PGA, he said: "It was one of those shots where you always thought, hang on - this could go in here.
"It landed around the front of the green and we were all watching it closely as it tracked toward the hole and then bang, it disappeared.
"We all went up in celebration and Laurent went ballistic and maybe let out a few choice words, but who could blame him? It was an incredible shot.
"I saw some incredible golf back home with some of the best players from the world rankings for golfers with a disability and Laurent sure showed some of the same sort of skills out there today. He's as cool as a cucumber. It was unreal. And I think he told me it was his third ace so that's awesome."
In January 2018, Hurtubise spoke to Desert Sun, saying: "As a kid, sports was a way for me to prove that even though I had a difference that I could perform as well as 'normal' people... as they call them.
"People have differences and handicaps and whatever, but it was my way to prove that I could be as good as everybody else."
He added: "It does feel fulfilling when someone tells me they've been inspired to play a sport because of me."
What a LAD.