Ryan Brehm was cruising when he stepped to the 17th tee at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course on Thursday.
He was 3 under thru 16 holes at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, when he sent his tee shot on the par-3, 196-yard hole.
The shot floated through the air before landing short of the pin. Brehm was asking it to carry, and it did. It took one big hop before settling and rolling out and into the cup.
Brehm quickly turned around and jumped up and down while handing out high-fives to his fellow competitors and caddies in his group.
ACE FOR RYAN BREHM
Taking over the solo lead @ValsparChamp at 5-under! pic.twitter.com/2HgayRToMa
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 16, 2023
Brehm won the Puerto Rico Open last year, and outside of a T-14 at the Honda Classic three weeks ago, he has missed the cut seven of his eight past starts.
However, Brehm sits on top after the morning wave during the first round, shooting 5-under 66. He’s tied with Stephan Jaegar. Jordan Spieth and Lucas Glover each shot 4-under 67.
The man of the moment, Ryan Brehm, with the ace in the opening round at Valspar Championship. https://t.co/hBwKN5vgUx pic.twitter.com/uudYXXQpvD
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) March 16, 2023