Lyle comes up aces at PGA

December 02, 2016

Shepparton golfer Jarrod Lyle shot a hole-in-one to reach three-under after 13 holes before lightning stopped his opening Australian PGA round at Royal Pines yesterday.

Jarrod Lyle earned the temporary moniker of ‘‘ace’’ at Royal Pines yesterday.

The Shepparton Golf Club export produced the shot of the opening day for a hole-in-one at the $1.5million Australian PGA.

Lyle’s moment of magic arrived on the fifth hole, a 169 m par-three and after leaving the club never looked like heading anywhere else apart from the cup.

The hole-in-one was the sixth of his career and also earned him the shot of the day on the Channel 7 coverage.

Commentator and major winner Ian Baker-Finch described the shot wonderfully.

‘‘How about that, it’s a one for Lyle,’’ Baker-Finch said.

‘‘Couldn’t happen to a better bloke, congratulations Jarrod, that is awesome.’’

Lyle was three-under par through 13 holes when play was suspended due to lightning in the area at 3.15pm (AEST) and at 4.45pm play was abandoned for the day.

The Goulburn Valley ace resumed his round at 5.30am today in a tie for 11th place, four shots off the pace set by Andrew Dodt.

Dodt, with a seven-under 65, claimed a two-shot clubhouse lead over New Zealand contender Ryan Fox and American Julian Suri.

Australian Adam Scott is one shot behind Fox and Suri in a tie for fifth, with the world No.7 rallying to birdie his final three holes to finish at four-under.

But it was Dodt who made the best of the good conditions yesterday morning, as golfers were greeted with lighter winds and soft greens aided by rain on Wednesday afternoon.

The world No.522 sank eight birdies to overcome a bogey on the par-four 14th to shoot through the field in his first competitive round on the course.

‘‘My caddie and I said maybe 10-under at the start of the week,’’ he said.

‘‘So it’s nice to be seven after round one.

‘‘I drove it well, wedged it well and putted well — it was just solid.’’

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