WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — For at least a while, there were lots of golf fans cheering “Roll Tide” along the 18th hole on Sunday.
That might change when Alabama plays West Virginia on the gridiron in August, but Bud Cauley did make an awful lot of folks $100 richer with a hole-in-one on the final hole.
A product of Alabama, Cauley aced the 175-yard par-3 18th hole to complete a sterling 6-under par 64 during the final round of The Greenbrier Classic.
That shot earned each spectator watching at the time around the 18th hole a $100 bill.
“It was a great way to finish,” Cauley said. “It was a pretty good club for me. I had good yardage, just a nice little cut 7-iron in there and made a good swing.”
Cauley knew it went in by the huge roar from the crowd, the second hole-in-one of the day. George McNeill also collected an ace on the 234-yard 8th hole on his way to a Sunday-best 61.
“I mean it looked good in the air and then it landed,” said Cauley, who narrowly missed another ace on that hole earlier in the week, leaving a shot six inches short. “I thought it was going to be pretty close, but just kind of judging off everyone else’s reaction.
“I didn’t know it went in at first. Obviously you never think they’re going in, but that was a nice surprise.”
One PGA Tour pro who witnessed the shot was 64-year-old Tom Watson, the pro emeritus at The Greenbrier, and winner of eight major championships…