August 30, 2017 by Alex Colucci in Livewire with 0 comments
UPDATE: Lizotte copped to the eagle being the work of creative editing during the live chat on last night’s SmashboxxTV podcast. We’re still entertained.
Simon Lizotte has never played the Vibram Open, but it already looks like he has mastered Maple Hill’s opening hole, which is also its longest:
That’s the 835-foot, par 4 hole 1, which Lizotte easily eagled with a 360° drive and a putt from roughly 90 feet. It should be noted that for this year’s Vibram Open, which begins Thursday, the pin has been pushed about 50 feet further into the woods from the rock walls where Lizotte’s drive landed. The shot has always played as a par 4, and pin positions in past years have been much shorter: In 2016 it was just 785 feet. Through the four rounds of the 2016 VO, according to UDisc’s stats from the event, hole 1 played on average as the seventh hardest.
A quick look through available scoring data from UDisc and PDGA Live for past Vibram/Maple Hill Opens, which goes as far back as 2013, show exactly zero eagles on the hole during tournament play, when the hole was shorter.
Is Lizotte really going to go with the 360° drive off the tee when things get going for real this Thursday? Maybe. Will it be fun to see what he can do playing at Maple Hill for the first time? Absolutely.