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The Michael Block fairytale now has another chapter.

The Californian club professional has quickly become the story of the PGA Championship but a hole-in-one in the fourth final group on Sunday elevates him to a new level of stardom.

Block, who spends a normal week teaching amateur golfers as the head pro at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, has had the most incredible of weeks at Oak Hill.

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The 46-year-old has made his first major cut in five PGA Championship appearances and a third consecutive round of 70 on Saturday was rewarded with a final round pairing with Rory McIlroy.

But nothing Block has experienced during this magical week will compare to the exhilaration of a slam dunk hole-in-one on the 151 yard par-3 15th in Rochester.

In what will be regarded as one of the most incredible moments in recent major championship history, Block fired straight for the pin and saw his ball disappear.

He at first looked startled, completely overwhelmed with what he had just done, while playing partner McIlroy looked just as delighted as he did.

“Rory, did that go in?” he quipped. Someone needed to quickly tell Block he wasn’t dreaming.

Once he got over the sheer disbelief, Block soaked in the atmosphere, making sure a cameraman captured the number one pencilled in on his scorecard.

This is a clip that will be replayed on loop, not just by Block, but by thousands of his new fans around the world.

The Block party will continue long into the night in Rochester.


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Ben Parsons joined bunkered as a Content Producer in 2023 and is the man to come to for all of the latest news, across both the professional and amateur games. Formerly of The Mirror and Press Association, he is a member at Halifax Golf Club and is a long-suffering fan of both Manchester United and the Wales rugby team.

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