The American's incredible feat happened during a round of 57.
Some have achieved it and the rest of us will probably die trying.
The hole-in-one, the ace, or whatever other name you want to attach to it, is the not-so-secret ambition of every golfer. So what about when you make three…in one round?
The man to ask is 59-year-old Patrick Wills.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this was the work of a seasoned professional on a Tour event. Wills is in fact an amateur, so his 57 at the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia on June 22nd was special for yet another reason.
Wills, a former Marine, secured the feat in the second round of the Summer Solstice tournament he was partaking in and was playing alongside two of his sons.
He had birdied the first and the second, a good start in anyone’s book. It was at the 7th hole, though, where events unfolded like the story of a fanciful Hollywood movie.
His tee shot on the par 4 resulted in the first hole-in-one and a place in local folklore. He finished the front nine with a par and a birdie to score 29 at the turn.
Playing as if this feat was something more ordinary, Wills then aced the par 4 10th. Two pars and a birdie later, he did the exact same thing on the 14th.
This is the kind of rarity that prompts plaques to be nailed to clubhouses and a hole to be named after you. In Wills’ case, though, you’d be hard pushed to decide which hole to opt for.
You might also be interested to know that Wills’ handicap is plus 4, giving hope to the most dedicated amateurs amongst us.
That he has also won this tournament 20 times suggests he doesn’t do things in small measures.
Of his second hole-in-one of the day, Wills told Golf Channel: “I literally said to myself, ‘get real.’ I thought they were teasing me.
“Never in my wildest imagination did I think I could get multiple ones in the same round.”
Keep the faith, fellow golfers. Miracles do happen.