Rory McIlroy ticked off the ultimate bucket list achievement for a golfer after hitting his first ever hole-in-one as a professional in the Abu Dhabi Championships.
It was at the par three 15th hole where the 25-year-old achieved the feat; the first of his career. It's believed that McIlroy got a hole-in-one when he was nine-years-old but this is the first since he joined the pro tour.
McIlroy's playing partners in Abu Dhabi, Rickie Fowler and Matteo Manassero, were quick to congratulate him as Rory as he received a standing ovation from the excited crowd.
"It wasn't one of my goals for the year but it's a nice little bonus"
The 177-yard shot pitched about a foot away from the flag before it "took a nice little hop to the right", as McIlroy described it himself.
He told reporters: "It was a perfect number, straight downwind 177 yards, and it took a nice little hop to the right, so obviously the beers are on me tonight.
"It wasn't one of my goals for the year but it's a nice little bonus."
The Northern Irishman man is currently 11 under par, two shots off leader Martin Kaymer on 13-under.
There will be no prize for McIlroy for his hole-in-one. The seventh hole is the only par three on the Abu Dhabi course where you can win an extra prize. Tom Lewis hit an ace on the seventh while MIguel Angel Jimenez has also holed the 15th off of the tee.
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