06 February 2019
Pepperell’s Ace Voted 2018 Shot of the Year
Golf fans voted Eddie Pepperell’s unusual hole-in-one at the Sky Sports British Masters - his second European Tour title – as the 2018 Shot of the Year. The Englishman produced an ace at the par-three ninth hole at Walton Heath Golf Club. The 27-year-old’s ball hit the pin flag before the ball landed on the green and rolled back into the cup.
"This is very cool," Pepperell said, as quoted by the European Tour. “With the wind, the ninth was a tough hole all week, picking the right club and ball flight was tricky. I hit a really good seven iron and it never left the pin. It obviously got lucky but it nearly went in on the fly. It's one of the craziest aces I think I've seen. It's nice to finish the year by winning Shot of the Year. I owe a massive thanks to all the fans who voted.”
Pepperell’s hole-in-one received nearly a quarter of all fan votes, narrowly topping Italian Renato Paratore’s miracle escape on the 72nd hole of the Porsche European Open, and beating out competition from the likes of Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, and Russell Knox.