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Justin Thomas nearly aces No. 16 at Phoenix Open

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How do you add to a magical 2017 that began with winning back-to-back PGA Tour tournaments in Hawaii and included shooting a 59?

Try a hole-in-one on one of the most famous par-3s in all of golf, No. 16 at TPC Scottsdale.

In the case of the hottest player in golf, Justin Thomas, it came within inches of actually happening at the loudest hole in golf during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The 16th hole is known as the ‘Coliseum of Golf’ due to its huge arena-like structure that completely engulfs the 163-yard par-3 with 274 skyboxes packed full of fans.

Thomas’ tee shot skirted by the right edge of the pin and stopped two feet as the crowd erupted with cheers and the No. 8 player in the world actually egged them on.

Thomas would go on to birdie No. 16.

The last time No. 16 at TPC Scottsdale was aced during the Phoenix Open was by Francesco Molinari in 2015.

He finished the first round at 2-under, five shots shy of the lead by Matt Kuchar.

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