(NEW YORK) -- All eyes were on an unlikely hero at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York, over the weekend where a California golf pro made history at the PGA Championship with his hole-in-one during the final round.
Michael Block, 46, slam dunked his shot off the 15th tee alongside Rory McIlroy, who hugged him and had to assure him it really went right in the hole.
"That's a brutal hole because you can't miss it right or left. Rory had just gone right before me and got a horrible kick, was in a really tough position," Block told ABC News' Good Morning America, reflecting on the tee shot less than 24 hours later. "I knew I had to hit a pretty good shot there."
He continued, "I didn't see it go in and all of a sudden Rory turns around and he starts walking back at me with his arms open to give me a hug. I'm like, 'Why in the world is Rory McIlroy giving me a hug right now -- did it go in?' He goes, 'Yeah, Block, it went in!' I couldn't believe it. To have it happen under those circumstances, coming down the stretch on the back nine on a Sunday in the PGA Championship with Rory McIlroy was an experience I'll never have again in my life and I'm gonna enjoy it."
He added that the force of the ball "blew up the hole," making it difficult to pull out initially.
"The hole got just absolutely destroyed. The ball went directly in, it flew in the front of the cup, it never bounced or hit the pin or anything," Block said. "We had to take about five minutes. Rules officials had to come over. We had to get it fixed -- I have never had it happen like that in my life. It was crazy."
He became the first PGA club pro to make a hole-in-one at the PGA Championship since George Bowman in 1996, according to ESPN.
Fans at Block's hometown Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, where he teaches lessons, erupted in cheers as the crowds on the course boomed with excitement.
"The support that I have from Arroyo -- the management there has also allowed me to get out and play. And to be able to work on my game. I have got a great position -- I'm very, very lucky," he said. "I think I have got the best job in golf where I can come out and still play with the best players in the world, yet at the same time I can be at my house most of the time and have a steady job and steady pay check where I don't have to play golf to make a living."
Block sat tied for eighth going into Sunday's round, just six shots back from four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, and finished out his fairytale week with a final putt for par. The par save clinched a tie for 15th and gave him automatic entry into the 2024 PGA Championship.
"We were literally walking down fairways pinching ourselves," Block said of his weekend with caddie John Jackson. "I'm paired with Justin Rose on Saturday and Rory on Sunday. The crowd's just huge here in Rochester. Fans were amazing. Rory is walking ahead of us and I looked at my caddie and said, 'Is this even real?'"
Three holes after his remarkable ace, Block needed to make par on 18 to finish 15th and automatically qualify for next year's tournament.
"I honestly didn't know what it was for," he said of his final putt to close the day. "I didn't know where I was in position. I said I was not going to look at the scoreboards, even though they are all over the place and huge. ... I would not have made the putt if I knew. I'm happy with the fact that I didn't know."
Block sank the putt to finish with a 1-over 71 on Sunday and 1-over for the tournament.
In the 105 years of the PGA Championship, no PGA professional has ever finished inside the top 10. In 2005, Steve Schneiter was the last PGA pro to finish inside the top-40 at the tournament.
Earlier in the week, Block was already the talk of Twitter, as the only PGA professional to make the cut out of the 20 who qualified to play.
Koepka, who defected from the PGA to play for the rival Saudi-backed LIV Tour, took home his fifth major win.
"He walked off of 18 green, I was walking towards 18 -- [Koepka] told me that the first round [of drinks] was on me after that hole-in-one. He gave me a big hug," Block said. "I am very thrilled to be able to stand next to him during the final ceremony."
In addition to qualifying for next year's PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, Block also received a sponsor exemption to play in next week’s Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Block told GMA his biggest takeaway after this tournament is "you gotta be yourself."
"You play your best when you try to be just yourself. Don't try to be a tour pro. Don't try to be somebody you're not," he encouraged. "That's what I have been doing and it's really helped my game a ton. It's made the hole bigger."
Block continued, "I have always lived my whole life to where I want that hole to look as big as possible. Thank goodness this week at Oak Hill, it looked huge."
(PITTSFORD, N.Y.) -- Brooks Koepka came out on top at the Oak Hill Country Club on Sunday, winning his third PGA Championship title.
Koepka finished nine under par in the 105th PGA Championship in Pittsford, New York. He beat Norway's Viktor Hovland and fellow American Scottie Scheffler by two strokes to take home the Wanamaker Trophy.
(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Pittsburgh 8, Detroit 0
LA Dodgers 7, Minnesota 3
Arizona 5, Oakland 3
Kansas City 4, San Diego 3
NY Mets 8, Tampa Bay 7
Atlanta 6, Texas 5
Houston 7, Chi Cubs 6
Baltimore 3, LA Angels 1
Boston 12, Seattle 3
Toronto 3, NY Yankees 0
Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 2
Colorado 11, Cincinnati 6
San Francisco 7, Philadelphia 4
Miami 4, Washington 3
St. Louis 3, Milwaukee 0
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Miami 123, Boston 116 (Miami leads 1-0)
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Atlanta 4, Colorado 0
Charlotte FC 2, Chicago 1
Cincinnati 3, CF Montreal 0
Columbus 2, LA Galaxy 0
New York City FC 1, Orlando City 1 (Tie)
D.C. United 0, Philadelphia 0 (Tie)
New York 0, Toronto FC 0 (Tie)
FC Dallas 2, Vancouver 1
Minnesota 1, Houston 0
Nashville 2, Miami 1
Portland 0, Real Salt Lake 0
Sporting Kansas City 1, Los Angeles FC 1 (Tie)
Austin FC 2, Seattle 1
(NEW YORK) -- The parents of 13-year-old Easton Oliverson are speaking out about a simple fix they say could have saved their son from a life-threatening accident at the Little League World Series last year.
In August 2022, Easton was part of the first team out of Utah to make it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. During the trip, the then-12-year-old fell from his bunk bed while sleeping in the league dormitory.
His parents, Nancy and Jace Oliverson, are speaking out for the first time since they filed a lawsuit against the league, telling ABC News' Good Morning America the accident was caused by "gross neglect."
"All we've been through and it was 100% preventable," Nancy Oliverson said.
Jace Oliverson said that night, he was woken up by his injured son, telling him he was nauseous and had a headache.
"I sat him down instantly, that sweet boy lost all ability to do any simple commands like, 'Easton, sit up straight, Easton, open your eyes,'" said Jace Oliverson, who said his faith warned him something was wrong.
Easton was rushed to the hospital, where doctors said he suffered an epidural hematoma and fractured his skull in the fall, Oliverson said.
"[The doctor] taps my shoulder and says, 'Dad, you need to give your son a kiss goodbye. He's in serious critical condition,'" said Jace Oliverson, who traveled with his son to the tournament in 2022. "I didn't know if that was the last time I'd see him alive or what. They told me about 20 minutes later, Easton had a 0% chance to live."
The Oliversons said the doctors performed emergency surgery to relieve pressure in Easton's brain and save his life.
The Oliversons filed a lawsuit against Little League Baseball Inc. in September 2022. The suit claims litigation has since discovered a history of at least a dozen falls since 2005.
The Oliverson's attorney, Ken Fulginiti, told Good Morning America there was "no reason" the league dormitory should have beds without rails.
"Kids have fallen out of the top bunks of the bunk beds and they may not have been as serious injuries as Easton suffered, but they were orthopedic injuries, they were concussions, there were things like that," Fulginiti said.
The Little League told ABC News that it cannot comment on ongoing litigation, but in part of a statement, it said: "Out of an abundance of caution, following Easton's fall -- Little League removed all bunks from within the dorms and placed each bed frame individually on the floor, and we continue to review and evaluate safety protocols to prevent such an accident from ever happening again."
The league also added, "We continue to offer Easton Oliverson our prayers and support as he recovers and heals."
After nine months, three brain surgeries, many weeks in the hospital and countless hours in rehab, the Oliversons said Easton still has a long road to recovery.
"Throughout this whole experience, and the miracles with Easton, it was very easy to see that through power of prayer, anything is possible," Jace Oliverson said.