Rory McIlroy, who recently secured second place in the U.S. Open, achieved a significant milestone in his career during the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut. He hit his first-ever hole-in-one on the PGA Tour on Thursday. The remarkable shot occurred on the par-3 eighth hole from a distance of 214 yards using a five-iron. Prior to the hole-in-one. McIlroy had a somewhat challenging start, being 1-over through seven holes and experiencing back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes due to his struggles with putting. Discover Rory McIlroy hits hole-in-one at 2023 Travelers Championship.
McIlroy stated his satisfaction with the shot, expressing his contentment. He said, “Yeah, as hole-in-ones go, I’ve had them in the past where it has been like an okay shot and you get a little lucky. That was the best shot of the day that I hit.” He acknowledged that the hole-in-one provided a turning point in his game. As he birdied the following two holes and gained momentum in the tournament. Despite the impressive feat, McIlroy did not hold onto the ball. Instead opting to throw it to a fan, as he values trophies over mementoes.
Finishing the day with a 2-under 68, McIlroy improved his performance after the ace. But still trailed behind leader Denny McCarthy, who achieved a remarkable 10-under 60. Prior to the Travelers Championship, Rory McIlroy secured a second-place finish at the 2023 U.S. Open, falling just one shot short of the first-time major winner Wyndham Clark. Although his recent performance at the U.S. Open was his best since his victory in 2011, McIlroy has not won a major championship since 2014 when he claimed the PGA Championship and the British Open titles. In his four previous appearances at the Travelers. McIlroy has consistently finished within the top 20, but has never achieved better than a tied 11th position.
During this season on the Tour, McIlroy has recorded one victory at The CJ Cup in October. Marking his 23rd career win. He has also secured seven top-10 finishes, including his last four starts. Starting the week as the third-ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings, McIlroy remains a formidable competitor on the Tour.
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