Golf: Ryan Fox aces iconic hole at Players Championship in Florida, sends crowd wild.

Story by RNZ

Ryan Fox has recorded a rare feat in golf, hitting a hole in one.

Fox aced the iconic 17th Island Green hole at the $40 million Players Championship in Florida.

The New Zealander, 37, etched his name into the history books as he became just the 14th player to record a hole-in-one at the 17th at the Players Championship. He also became the first player ever to record back-to-back eagles on 16 and 17. 

He finished with a three under par 69, which currently has him tied for 11th.

The Aucklander shot a mixed round, with two eagles, two birdies and three bogeys.

Before the tournament, Fox told RNZ about his experience of the 17th, after playing there last year.

"The 17th doesn't seem like that hard of a shot on a Monday and Tuesday, but [during the tournament] you've got a few thousand people there pretty much waiting for a car accident. 

"It's quite intimidating and you can never let your guard down, and you can make two or five, or even worse than that there very quickly."

Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy are the clubhouse leaders.