It was unlike anything golf had ever seen.
Chase Koepka scored a hole-in-one hole-in-one at the LIV Golf Championship in Adelaide – and rowdy fans responded by dousing the 29-year-old American with beer cans and growling at a decibel level akin to a jumbo jet.
It may not be a chance for Snowflakes in winning hell, despite a very respectable -10, but Koepka will drink — literally — that shot for the rest of his career.
The 13th and 12th are called the “Watering Hole,” where, as Phil Mickelson put it on Saturday, “the alcohol was flowing” and “the golf was high.”
Koepka, the somewhat less publicized brother of two-time US Open winner Brooks, went up with the perfect iron and saw his ball drop into the hole, which was 165 yards out. And boy, you’ve never seen a reaction in golf like this before.
Chase Kupka (far right) bumps his chest with Smash GC teammate Paul Casey (SR) after he plunged into an incredible hole on Sunday
The American threw his club in glee after paring the 12th hole with a three par
Koepka and the crowd reacted in “spectacles of astonishment” with chest bumps, spurts of beer, and a roar like a jumbo jet.
A cupka was pumped out after puncturing one, with plastic beer mugs seen strewn behind him
Or any sport really, for that matter.
Koepka himself was as pumped as any athlete you’ll ever see, smashing his club in glee as he chest-bumped fellow Smash GC teammates Paul Casey and Ian Poulter.
Fans roared as if to welcome the World Cup winner to a tape show, showering the stars with mugs of beer in a moment that was quickly labeled “amazing” and “the best moment in LIV golf history.”
Comedian Bert Kreischer was rocking big when Koepka received a beer shower — the decidedly Australian equivalent of a fancier champagne shower.
There was a lot of controversy when Australian great Greg Norman launched the rebel LIV Golf tour.
Doubts and criticism arose about the so-called “sports washing” of the Saudi regime, and many players were kept away from the game.
This really evaporated well as fans, critics, and legends of the game all over the world expressed their amazement at the ace of the Chase and the amazing reaction from the fans on the track.
As one fan pointed out: “The line in the rails at the watering hole is about to be epic. There’s no liquid left in the stands!”
90,000 fans flock to Adelaide’s Grange Golf Club to watch the game-changing LIV Golf Championship Down Under.
Chase Koepka ran the Two-Stroke Championship with his Smash GC teammates, sitting -10
Fans cheer Kopka on the 12th hole after his stunning holeshot
Another wrote: “Imagine watching this scene and thinking #LIVGolf can still be ignored.”
“I’ve been watching golf since the 70’s and have seen some absolutely ridiculous things….but this Chase Koepka hole at the ‘Watering Hole’ and the ensuing mayhem, has delivered the greatest golf spectacle I’ve ever witnessed in the history of Australia,” commented one old-school fan.
It’s safe to say Norman is very happy with how the event turned out at The Grange Golf Club.
90,000 punters packed into what seemed like a non-stop party for three days.
“Everywhere you go, golf is a force for good,” he told reporters.
Loudly cheered everywhere he went, Australian cult hero Cameron Smith said the tournament completely changed the game of golf in just one tournament.
Cameron Smith greets the crowd at Watering Hole after being dumped by a handle on Saturday
“The crowd is so young. Not just the kids, the guys in their 20s and 30s all in there, it’s hard to say golf isn’t growing.”
“You have to wonder how many people are going to pick up the clubs next week and give them a shot.”
The British Open champion even went so far as to say that it was the best tournament he had participated in.
I will go so far as to say that this is the best event I have ever participated in. Maybe I’m a little biased, being from Australia, but that’s what LIV Golf is all about.
Beer, a hole in one, loud cheers and chest bumping. Yes, that’s what LIV Golf is all about – and the fans are here for it.
(tags to translate) Daily Mail