Rickie Fowler Hole-in-One at Ernie Els Charity Pro-Am Wins $1 Million for Autism Research (Videos)

rickie fowler hole-in-one $1million autism research

Rickie Fowler hit a hole-in-one on Monday, winning $1 million for autism research and education programs.

Fowler sunk the 113-yard ace in the Hole-in-One Challenge, sponsored by SAP and Kettle One Vodka, at Ernie Els’ ninth annual “Els for Autism” charity pro-am at the Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

At this point it’s unclear whether SAP and Kettle One will make the million dollar donation out of pocket, or whether it will be covered by an insurance policy like most contests of this kind.

What we do know is that Rickie, Ernie, and everyone else in attendance lost their minds when the shot went in.

Take a look:

In fact, Ernie Els was so elated that he picked Fowler up:

Wow…that was cool! #ElsForAutism

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Then he called him his “hero”:

Of course, as you might have assumed, autism research is a cause near and dear to Els’ heart. In 2008 his son, Ben, was diagnosed with Autism, so in 2009 he and his wife founded Els for Autism. The organization raises money for autism research and education via a series of charity golf tournaments, including the annual pro-am at Old Palm Golf Club.

Fortunately, the awesomeness of winning a million bucks for a worthy charity was not lost on Rickie Fowler:

Hat Tip – [Washington Post]

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