By Joel Beall
Entering the week as the 139th player in the FedEx Cup rankings, journeyman Martin Flores needed some magic to secure his PGA Tour card for next season. On Sunday at the Wyndham Championship, the 35-year-old pulled quite the rabbit out of his hat.
Starting his day outside the top 20 on the leader board, Flores toured the front in just 30 strokes. Unfortunately, he was unable to carry that momentum to start the back, playing the first five holes on the side in one over. Standing on Sedgefield’s 16th hole, Martin required a miracle to avoid a trip back to the minors. He got just that, recording a hole-in-one:
What a time to make an ACE!
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 20, 2017
The ace, along with a birdie at the 18th, equated to a seven-under 63, a number that moved Flores inside the projected cut for the PGA Tour postseason.
Afterwards, Flores spoke of the furious finish.
“You know, just lot of blood, sweat and tears and, you know, this game will beat you down sometimes,” Flores said, “and you’ll have a lot of struggles and when things finally go how you envision in your mind you see all your hard work payoff and especially I think the emotions really come from the sacrifices your family makes, traveling all the time or being away, missing a lot of things and to have them see it, I’m sure they saw it, it was awesome.”
Now THAT is how you finish strong, sports fans.