A hole-in-one is always reason to celebrate, but Rickie Fowler’s ace at Ernie Els’ charity event on Monday might just be the best yet. Why you ask? It ensured a $1million donation to the Els for Autism Foundation.
Fowler was taking part in the annual Els for Autism Foundation pro-am which raises money for the South African’s charity and the Els Center of Excellence. The cause has special meaning for Els, a former world number one, as he has an autistic son, Ben.
The 27-year-old Fowler took aim at a special 19th hole at the Old Palm Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and stepped up in emphatic fashion…
The celebrations were quite something, and rightly so.
— David Cannon (@Cannonball63) March 7, 2016
Els’ wife, Liezel, was over-whelmed by the moment.
What made the achievement even more impressive was that Fowler had been about to leave and had changed out of his golf gear. And so, he stepped up to the tee in a pair of sneakers armed with a pitching wedge borrowed from Luke Donald.
— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) March 7, 2016