Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland), who has won 23 wins on the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour, including 4 major championships, got his first hole-in-one 13 years after his PGA Tour debut. On the 23rd, McIlroy recorded a hole-in-one in the 8th hole (par 3) of the first round of the PGA Tour Travelers Championship (total prize money of 20 million dollars) held at TPC River Highlands (par 70) in Cromwell스포츠토토, Connecticut, USA. McIlroy teed off a 5-iron on the 8th hole from 214 yards (195 m). The ball that landed on the green bounced twice, rolled toward the hole, and was sucked in. It was his first hole-in-one since his 2010 PGA Tour debut. McIlroy shook hands with Kim Joo-hyung (21) and Victor Hoblan (26, Norway), who were playing in the same group, and shared the joy.
The PGA Tour reported that McIlroy finally made a hole-in-one on the 3254th par 3 hole in his PGA Tour career. McIlroy made a hole-in-one on the day with an eagle and 5 birdies, but he also poured out 5 bogeys and tied for 46th with a 2 under par 68 strokes. It is 8 strokes away from leader Denny McCarthy (30, USA) who hit 10 under par 60 strokes. McIlroy said, “It was almost going to be just such a round, but I got a hole-in-one and I think I got a great bonus.”
In golf, a hole-in-one where the first ball you hit goes into the hole is considered great luck. Chances are low. On a par 3 hole, tour pros say the odds are 1 in 3,000, and general golfers have a 1 in 12,000 chance. Professional players use a risk-avoiding strategy when winning cups and huge prize money are at stake. In a place where you can lose strokes by attacking the pin directly, first aim for a place where it is easy to protect the par. If you play like this, your odds of a hole-in-one drop dramatically. Tiger Woods (48), the emperor of golf, has only recorded three hole-in-one records in official tournaments. The record for most hole-in-ones on the PGA Tour is 10, which were recorded side by side by Robert Allenby (52, Australia) and Hal Sutton (65, USA).
Pak Se-ri (46), who recorded the most wins (25 wins) by a Korean on the LPGA Tour, only had one hole-in-one in an official tournament, and Park In-bee (35), who has the second most wins by a Korean with 21 wins, still has a hole-in-one on the LPGA Tour. there is no Park In-bi made two hole-in-ones in domestic competitions in 2014, when she got married. Before she got married, in the third round of the Samdasoo Masters in July, she got her first hole-in-one in an official competition, and after she got married, she made her second hole-in-one at the KB Financial Star Championship held in October.