You Absolutely Love To See Will Zalatoris Regaining His Form With Sick Hole-In-One At Riviera

Will Zalatoris
PGA Tour

WILLY Z bay-bee! What a moment for Will Zalatoris at the Genesis Open. The lean ball-striking extraordinaire is 27 years young and has already recorded a second-place finish in three of the four major championships, but only has one PGA Tour victory to his name. Some of that stems with demons with the putter.

Zalatoris missed the vast majority of last season while recovering from back surgery, though. Anything to do with a bad back for a golfer is a red flag, never mind when it happens this early in one’s career.

It’s been a long road back for Zalatoris, so you can only imagine what he had to be feeling when this beautifully-struck ace found the bottom of the cup at Riviera’s par-3 14th hole.

Zalatoris made his comeback at the Hero World Challenge and finished DFL in the field of 20. However, following a missed cut at the Sony Open, he’s logged finishes of T34 at The American Express, and a T13 at the Farmers Insurance Open. It’s still early at Riviera, but Zalatoris is inside the top 10 as Friday’s second round continues to unfold.

You can’t help but pull for a guy when he shows this type of exuberance with his caddie:

Enjoy the fresh set of wheels, fellas! Must be nice to win a couple cars with one swing of the golf club. Then again, with the prize money Zalatoris has raked in at big events, he could buy any car twice and not have to sweat it much.

We’ll see if the competitive rust continues to show a bit for Zalatoris over the weekend, but considering he’s held his nerve pretty damn well on multiple major Sundays, I wouldn’t count him out. Now that he’s got that pesky putter to cooperate a little better with the Lucas Glover-style broomstick-looking flat blade, perhaps Willy Z is about to break open the floodgates and start winning in bunches.

There aren’t many purer iron players, or guys who get more distance out of their frame, than Zalatoris when he’s firing on all cylinders. Regardless of how fast his metabolism is, I’d love to see him pack on some muscle to help stabilize that whole back situation, if possible. I’m sure he’s already thought of that. Still. Stay healthy, Will. And you too, Tiger Woods.

Real quick, if you’re a golf person and don’t follow Justin Ray, you’re missing out on some of the most interesting real-time stats in all of sports. I’m years removed from wondering how the f*ck he does it.

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