aG Tour Spring 2021 – That’s a Wrap!
Thank you to all of our participants in the aG Spring 2021 Tour! We were impressed with the level of talent that turned out each week as we recreated key moments in PGA history using the power of golf simulator technology.
While the Spring 2021 tour is over, you still have time to qualify for a chance to win a trip to the 43rd Ryder Cup! Check out the Ryder Cup SIM Series page for more details.
Let’s have a look at some of our iconic moments and the winners who managed to recapture some of the magic!
Week 1 | Rory McIlroy’s putt at the 2016 Ryder Cup
In week one, we looked to the 2016 Ryder Cup played at Hazeltine. Rory McIlroy faced an immense amount of pressure on the 8th hole as he stared down the green and what looked to be an impossible putt. See what happened next on YouTube.
Unfortunately, no one had the perfect touch during week one, which means our purse doubled for the week 2 event.
Week 2 | Justin Rose’s chip at the 2018 Ryder Cup
In the not-so-distant past when masks seemed odd and crowds were normal, Le Golf National hosted the Ryder Cup. On the 12th hole, commentators remarked on what a poor spot Justin Rose put himself in by missing the green. Their shock was palpable when he managed to turn that situation around with a beautiful chip you can watch here.
Tom Delaney managed to hole out on the challenge, qualifying for the $500 prize!
Week 3 | Fred Couples’ bunker shot at the 1991 Ryder Cup
For those of us who are old enough to remember the “War on the Shore,” Fred Couples’ bunker shot on the 15th hole is etched into our minds. For those of you wishing to relive (or experience for the first time) this iconic shot, you can watch it here. Couples was instrumental in ending a long dry stretch between U.S. Ryder Cup wins (the last being in 1983). In a game that ended with a single point differentiating the winner from the losers, every shot counted.
Couples remains the title winner for this bunker shot and the $250 prize rolled over to the next week’s event.
Week 4 | Jamie Donaldson’s approach at the 2014 Ryder Cup
Jamie Donaldson’s approach on the 15th hole of Gleneagles was the moment of triumph for Europe’s team in the 2014 Ryder Cup. After watching the ball land and settle so close to the pin, the American captain offered his concession handshake to acknowledge the winning point. You can watch the shot here.
While no one holed out during week four, there were some very close calls! The purse continued to advance to the next event, creating high stakes for week five.
Week 5 | Long Drive Challenge
In a nod to the Pro Long Drivers Online Qualifier, we snuck in a challenging long drive. Ralph Spevere managed a hefty 289.9 yard drive to land on the fairway, securing the $750 purse. We’re also happy to report that Ralph generously donated a portion of his winnings to the U.S. Disabled Golf Association.
Week 6 | 80yd Approach Shot
During week six, we crafted a tricky 80-yard approach on the 4th hole of Spyglass Hill. Blind Pew’s green is five feet wide at most and fast, which explains why our competitors had such a difficult time holing out. This was another week without a winner, upping the ante for week seven.
Week 7 | CTP
In another break from the tour’s theme, week seven's event was a traditional Closest to the Pin competition. The approach was tricky with several majestic trees flanking the fairway. Youngsgolf managed to land the closest to the pin with a distance of 3-and-a-half feet.
Week 8 | Matt Kuchar's Bunker Shot to Back Pin at the 2014 RBC Heritage
During the final week of aG Spring Tour 2021, our players attempted to recreate Matt Kuchar's bunker shot to the back pin on the 18th hole during 2014’s RBC Heritage Tour. See the shot here.
Digging out of a bunker is never easy, and Kuchar retains his title as most masterful. Sadly, the tournament ended without a week eight winner.