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Zalatoris so close to a brace of aces

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By Keith Jackson

Last Updated: 18/09/20 12:17am

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Will Zalatoris goes inches away from making his second ace of the round at the US Open, having already made a hole-in-one at the par-three seventh

Will Zalatoris goes inches away from making his second ace of the round at the US Open, having already made a hole-in-one at the par-three seventh

Will Zalatoris came agonisingly close to making two holes-in-one on the same day as he enjoyed a memorable first round at the US Open.

Zalatoris, currently flying high on the Korn Ferry Tour, matched the earlier ace of Patrick Reed on the short seventh hole at Winged Foot, his well-judged short-iron pitching short of the flag, gripping the surface and rolling gently into the cup.

His achievement perhaps affected his focus as he bogeyed three of the next five holes, but another superb iron from the tee at the 13th looked set to etch his name into the history books as the first player to make two aces in the same round in a major championship.

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Zalatoris again took a bold line and his ball was tracking towards the middle of the hole, but this time it had just a little too much pace as it hit the pin and refused to drop.

“How did that not go in,” said a disbelieving Paul McGinley in the Sky Sports commentary box.

Zalatoris eventually carded a level-par 70 after closing his round with back-to-back birdies.

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