Rory McIlroy has done a lot of impressive things on the golf course since turning pro in 2007. However, one thing that had eluded the 25-year-old, was hitting a hole-in-one during a competitive round. Well, it looks like he can now cross that one off his bucket list.
Today, during the second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship, the world’s number-one player struck it clean from 177 yards out on the par-3 15th hole. One hop, and a little roll later, and the ball was at the bottom of the cup. McIlroy raised his arms in the hair, high-fived Rickie Fowler (McIlroy’s playing partner on the day), and went on to finish the round with a 6-under 66. Not a bad way to get back into contention.
This is not the first time that McIlroy has knocked the ball in on his first shot. In fact, he’s made 10 prior holes-in-one in his lifetime. However, it had never happened before for him on the pro-level. Which, in our opinion, makes the feat a little more impressive.
Let’s see how it compares to some of the most recent holes-in-one on the PGA Tour.
1. Keegan Bradley starts 2014 off right
One of America’s brightest golfers, Keegan Bradley, started off his 2014 season in style at the Humana Challenge. At the PGA West’s Nicklaus Course, Bradley hit his 8-iron pure from 177 yards out, and the results couldn’t have gone better for the 28-year-old.
While I’m not sure this moment compares to his victory at the 2011 PGA Championship, it was his first hole-in-one on the PGA Tour. It certainly got the commentator excited.
2. Zach Johnson strikes at the U.S. Open
The goal for any pro golfer is to win a major. However, if you’re not in contention, there is no better consolation prize that getting the crowd excited with a hole-in-one. And that is exactly what Zach Johnson did during the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. On Sunday, during his final round, Johnson hit a beauty on the par-3 ninth hole, and the crowd erupted.
Zach Johnson got to celebrate in 2007 when he won The Masters, but this post hole-in-one victory lap is pretty special in its own right.
3. Lee Westwood goes beyond spectacular
The commentators called this shot “perfection.” Not only did Westwood do this on live television, but he crushed it into the wind. Take a look for yourself at this impressive shot. We wish we could hit the ball this good.