Rory McIlroy made an ace at Vacationers. This is why he threw the ball away


Rory McIlroy celebrated his first-ever PGA Tour ace on TPC River Highlands’ eighth gap.

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It’s arduous to consider it’s solely been 4 days since the top of the U.S. Open at Los Angeles Nation Membership, and but right here we’re, throughout the nation in Cromwell, Conn., retaining tempo with the PGA Tour schedule’s regular drumbeat on the Vacationers Championship.

After a slim defeat in pursuit of his fifth main championship in LA, Rory McIlroy was among the many dozens of gamers who confirmed up at TPC River Highlands straight from the Open. No relaxation for the weary on Tour — and there’s nonetheless yet another main to organize for. The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool is simply 4 weeks away.

Nonetheless, you must surprise what sort of fatigue gamers like McIlroy are feeling after a protracted, grueling week in California. His first-round of two-under 68 has him T46 — in regards to the high third of the sector. However he’s a whopping eight photographs behind chief Denny McCarthy.

However regardless of McIlroy’s up-and-down day (5 birdies, 5 bogeys), he did handle to notch an accomplishment that he’s by no means performed earlier than: his first ace on the PGA Tour.

“As gap in ones go, I’ve had them up to now the place it has been like an okay shot and also you get a little bit fortunate. That was the very best shot of the day that I hit,” McIlroy mentioned after his spherical. “Clearly a bonus for it to go within the gap, however it was actually cool. I performed fairly averagely up till that time. Felt like that gap in a single bought me going a little bit bit. Birdied the following couple holes after that and form of bought me into the event a bit.”

The eighth gap at TPC River Highlands is a 214-yard par 3. McIlroy hit a towering 5-iron, which landed on the inexperienced and rolled instantly into the outlet.

Whereas McIlroy acknowledged the ace bought him going a bit, he is aware of the bogeys must be minimized if he’s going to have an opportunity to contend at a course which usually options ultra-low scoring.

“I don’t even know if I made 5 bogeys throughout the entire U.S. Open final week,” McIlroy mentioned. “I simply have to — I believe I did, however I simply have to tidy that up. Making 5 birdies and an eagle on the market could be adequate to be within the Prime 5. I simply want to chop out the errors.”

A couple of extra photographs like that 5-iron will just do fantastic. And as for the hole-in-one ball?

“Threw it away,” McIlroy mentioned.

Wait, what?

“I’m not sentimental. I don’t care. I’d fairly have trophies than golf balls.”

McIlroy’s pursuit of this explicit trophy will proceed early Friday morning, the place he’ll tee it up at 7:35 a.m. ET alongside Tom Kim and Viktor Hovland in Spherical 2. Editor

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