Rickie Fowler made a hole-in-one at a last years charity event held by Ernie Els for the Autism Foundation. The shot won Ernie’s charity $1 million at the Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
“Kind of nothing to lose,” Fowler told the Golf Channel after making the hole-in-one.
“Just having fun. It’s a small target. It doesn’t happen very often. Pretty cool to do that for Ernie and the foundation.”
That is what Rickie had to say after nailing an ace and winning $1 million for Ernie Els’ charity. The South African invited a host of players to help him raise money for his annual event and each were given the chance to pepper the pin on the 113-yard bonus 19th hole. Up steps Rickie and the rest is awesomeness.
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The name “Ernie” is synonymous with two things, an effortlessly lucid golf swing and a true gentleman of the sport. “The big easy” recently won the Payne Stewart Award, given to those whose “values align with the character, charity and sportsmanship that Stewart showed”. His philanthropy is well know, especially work concerned with raising money and awareness for Autism, a condition that impacts one in 68 American children including Ernie’s son Ben.
— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) March 7, 2016
Rickie has an incredible wedge game, so when the player was asked to take a shot after he had removed his golf shoes and put his clubs away, he kindly obliged. Luke Donald lent him a lob wedge and Rickie hit it one bounce and in. This all came after an 11-year-old opened Tiger Woods’ new course with another incredible ace just one week ago. Must be something in the water!