One of the most unique pre-tournament traditions at the Masters sees players try and skip their balls across the pond in front of the 16th green during their practice rounds.

Pros prep for Masters by skipping balls on the 16th

Pros prep for Masters by skipping balls on the 16th

Players hit their regular tee shots on the par-3 hole, then as they make their way off the tee box and walk towards the green, they’ll stop by the pond and drop a second ball.

Nothing like a good skip at @themasters! pic.twitter.com/eBgtiF8bxN

— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) April 8, 2019

With the crowd calling for them to “skip it”, the players oblige, trying their best to hit their balls so it skips across the water and onto the green.

Usually it takes about five or six hops across the surface of the water before making it onto the putting surface. Sometimes the ball doesn’t make it all the way across, sometimes it goes over the green, and sometimes – though very seldom – it goes right into the hole.

First time #themasters participant @mattsjwallace enjoys the experience of skipping a ball onto No. 16 green. pic.twitter.com/m10fsjqqGb

— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 8, 2019

The last person to get the ball into the hole was Martin Kaymer in 2012:

And on Monday, U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Kevin O’Connell very nearly pulled it off too:

U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Kevin O'Connell skips his ball across the pond and gets it close to the back left hole location on No. 16. #themasters pic.twitter.com/i4LHK2iRSg

— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 8, 2019

It’s all fun and games now, but just wait till Thursday.

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