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UF coach Alexander cards hole-in-one at Masters Par 3 event


Florida coach Buddy Alexander hit a hole-in-one at Augusta National on Tuesday during the Masters Par 3 tournament.

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Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 8:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 8:11 p.m.

University of Florida men’s golf coach Buddy Alexander carded one of three hole-in-ones during the Master’s Par 3 tournament on Tuesday at Augusta National.

Alexander, who played in the 1987 Masters in the same group as Jack Nicklaus, paired with former Gators Matt Every and Billy Horschel during the event. He aced the second hole at Augusta National, as did former Masters champion Mark O’Meara. Australian Matt Jones, a Masters rookie, also took one shot on No. 3.

Horschel (8:51 a.m.) and Every (9:02 a.m.) will be making their debuts at Augusta on Thursday.

Horschel qualified for the tournament by finishing tied for fourth at the 2013 U.S. Open and winning last year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans on a long birdie putt on the 18th green.

Every overcame a four-shot deficit to win this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, his first career PGA victory, to make the Masters field.

Ryan Moore shot a 6-under 21 to win Tuesday’s tournament. Since the contest began in 1960, no winner has gone on to win the green jacket that weekend.

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