Warne achieves new career first

Shane Warne continuing to live the dream, achieving every golfer's fantasy by nailing a hole-in-one at Augusta

Cricket Network

19 March 2018, 01:04 PM

Shane Warne achieved pretty much everything possible in a legendary cricket career, but the spin king has finally achieved a life-long goal: a hole-in-one on the golf course.

And, in typical Shane Warne fashion, it's not just any hole-in-one, but an ace on the fabled 16th hole at the Augusta National Golf Club, the legendary course that hosts the Masters Tournament each year.

The par 3 16th is a 170-yard hole for the Masters, while Warne tweeted that it was playing 155 yards and into the wind for his perfect shot.

"155 yards to a back right pin into the wind! Hit a 6 iron, one hop and in! Can’t believe it," Warne wrote in twitter, with a flurry of exclamation points underlining his excitement.

"Was my first ever hole in one & what a place and pin to do it."

Warne joins illustrious company: there have been 19 hole-in-one shots off that tee in the 83 years of the Masters, including Australian Adam Scott who aced the hole with a seven-iron in 2012.

Warne is working his way across the USA on a week-long golf trip with some friends, starting in Florida before heading to Atlanta to play Augusta.

Warne wrote on his social media account that he "woke up this morning with a sense of huge excitement, nerves and anticipation" before the round.

"My aim is to break 90 of the back tees! FYI my handicap is 8.5 – can I do it?" before adding the hashtag #bucketlist to the post.

Warne is on a cross-country golf tour // instagram
Warne is on a cross-country golf tour // instagram

With 708 Test wickets under his belt with a total of 1001 international scalps, Warne has seen and done it all on the cricket field.

The only thing missing from the Aussie legend's career was a Test century, although he famously was caught out on 99 at the WACA in the days before DRS, only for replays to later show his wicket fell on a no ball.

He took 195 Ashes wickets, easily the most by an individual in the series history and 38 more than the next best, which is Glenn McGrath's 157.

Shane Warne's top 10 moments

Warne’s Ashes tally of 195 scalps is also the highest by a bowler against one team in Tests.

He shot to stardom with his very first ball in Ashes cricket, the famous 'Gatting ball' that bamboozled the England great, and went on to dominate Ashes cricket for the next 14 years.

He set a single-year record of 95 Test wickets in the 2005 calendar year, including 40 in the that year's famous Ashes series in England where he almost single-handedly bowled Australia to victory in one of Test cricket's greatest ever series.

His passionate call to arms lifted Australia in the 1999 World Cup, helping bowl his side to a famous win in the semi-final against South Africa, then claiming another four wickets in the final to be player of the match.

World Cup flashback, 1999

Warne retired from international cricket after the 2006-07 summer, taking his 700th wicket at the MCG on Boxing Day, and exiting on a high with a 5-0 whitewash of England.

Warne continued to entertain in T20 cricket with Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and the Melbourne Stars.

He has since become an accomplished commentator on the game, and paired with India's Sachin Tendulkar to take cricket to America with his Cricket All-Stars cavalcade in 2015.