Nationwide player draws pair of aces

Updated: April 17, 2009, 4:35 PM ET
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

With two swings, Brendon Todd made Nationwide Tour history.

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After posting a hole-in-one on the 147-yard 17th hole at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic on Thursday, Todd repeated the feat in Friday's second round, as well.

"It's just pure disbelief," Todd said. "It was a stroke of good luck, twice in a row. I guess it's like catching lightning in a bottle."

Lightning which struck twice, of course. In the opening round, Todd used a 7-iron when the hole was playing 10 yards longer than its distance on the scorecard.

"That one landed about 3 feet short," he recalled, "and rolled straight up the hill like a putt."

On Friday, he used an 8-iron, which brought the same end result.

"I had just come off a bogey and so I wasn't in a great mood when I stepped on the tee. I wasn't even thinking about making it," said Todd, who enters the weekend at 5-under after rounds of 68 and 71. "It was a perfect yardage and I flagged it. It looked pretty good in the air and then landed about four feet short and left of the hole and rolled in the back of the cup.

"I guess I played the break perfectly."

The last player to ace the same hole twice in the same PGA Tour-sanctioned event was Graham Marsh at the 2004 Senior British Open. Making things even sweeter for Todd is the fact that he carded the aces in the same town, Athens, where he attended college at the University of Georgia. An exempt player on the PGA Tour, he is competing in his first Nationwide event of the season. In six PGA Tour starts, he's made the cut three times, with a best finish of T-32 at the Honda Classic.

Jason Sobel covers golf for ESPN.com.

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Jason Sobel, who joined ESPN in 1997, earned four Sports Emmy awards as a member of ESPN's Studio Production department. He became ESPN.com's golf editor in July 2004.