Rory McIlroy he has many accomplishments in his professional golf career, but one had eluded him until the first round of the Travelers Championship on Thursday.
McIlroy, a four-time major winner, made his first hole-in-one in a PGA tour tournament on the 8th hole at TPC River Highlands.
Hitting a 5-iron on the 214-yard Par 3, McIlroy hit his «best shot of the day» as the crowd roared their approval.
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«As holes in one go, I’ve had holes in one in the past where it’s been a good shot, you get a little lucky or whatever, that was the best shot of the day that I hit,» McIlroy said after the round. «Obviously it’s an advantage that he goes into the hole. . It was really cool.»
McIlroy confirmed that the eighth shot was his first hole-in-one on the PGA Tour, adding that he has hit an ace on the dp world tour.
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The ace was a bright spot in an up-and-down round for McIlroy, who finished the day with a 68.
McIlroy had five birdies and five bogies in the round, finishing the day 2 under par.
«I threw it,» McIlroy said of his hole-in-one ball. «I’m not sentimental. I don’t care. I’d rather have trophies than golf balls.»
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While McIlroy’s shot was certainly a highlight, Denny McCarthy stole the headlines with a 60 in the first round to take the lead after one round.
«I felt positive from the moment I woke up this morning,» McCarthy said, according to ESPN. «So, it all clicked today. It was obviously a great day.»
Round two is underway Friday at TPC River Highlands.