A robot just pulled off the best possible move in the game of golf.
In the opening round of this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, LDRIC the Golf Robot sank a hole-in-one on the par-3 sixteenth hole. Tiger Woods did the same thing on the same hole back in 1997, which helped launch his superstar status—and also triggered the current tradition of flinging beer cans and bottles onto the green whenever someone makes that perfect shot.
Golf Digest describes LDRIC the bot as “the go-to device for equipment and ball-testing in the golf industry” and the sixteenth hole at the TPC Scottsdale course as “one of the most exciting holes in golf.” Being a robot, its swing is fluid and precise, but apparently it can also mimic hooks and slices that the less-skilled golfer might have, presumably to test clubs and balls that a variety of players would use.
Yes, LDRIC is a nod to Woods’ real first name. And yes, the green was again showered in booze.
GIF via PGA Tour YouTube