Not even professional golfers are safe from the robot takeover.
The Launch Directional Robot Intelligent Circuitry (LDRIC) robot golfer, known as “Eldrick” in honor of one Eldrick “Tiger” Woods, hit a hole-in-one on the par-3 sixteenth at TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The LDRIC robot golfer was created by Gene Parente, owner of Golf Laboratories Inc., as a way to test golf equipment and golf balls. Apparently the robot’s swing is fluid and precise, unlike mine, and it can mimic hooks and slices on command.
Tiger was nowhere near the Phoenix Open when the robot hit the hole-in-one, but Tiger’s been there, done that. He aced the same hole in 1997, which started the celebratory act of fans throwing beers onto the green after a hole-in-one.
Another Golf Laboratories bot, Jeff, battled Rory McIlroy in 2013 in a one-off challenge. Watch it below.