Aces Wild: Hole-in-One Compilation (Six of the Best)
There's no better feeling in golf than watching a perfectly struck tee shot land on a metaphorical sixpence on the green ahead and track its way into the cup for a glorious hole-in-one.
Well, so we hear. Very few of us in the Hole19 office can claim an 'ace' on our golfing CVs (but the quest continues).
As compilations of the greatest and best golf shots go, a list of some of our all-time favourite aces is going to be hard to beat. Here's what we've come up with.
Rory McIlroy - Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (2015)
Rory's first and only hole-in-one in professional golf came at the 2015 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
During his third round and when trailing the then leader Martin Kaymer by three shots, the Northern Irishman stepped up to the 15th tee in need of something special. After opting for a nine-iron from 177 yards, the ball landed perfectly on the green and found its way unerringly to the pin, before duly disappearing.
Miguel Angel Jiminez - BMW PGA Championship (2015)
Back in 2015 at Wentworth, Miguel Angel Jiminez became the first man in European Tour history to score 10 separate holes-in-one. Amazingly, it was his third during that season and a second in back-to-back tournaments.
Cue the famous imaginary sword-wielding routine and accompanying Miguel-style dance moves. Is it the best golfing celebration ever? It must be up there.
Tiger Woods - Phoenix Open (1997)
Tiger Woods just recently confirmed that he made a first hole-in-one back 34 years ago when he was merely eight-years-old. Now with 19 in the game, the fourteen-time major winner last scribbled a 1 on his scorecard back almost two decades ago.
And returning to the subject of impressive celebrations, Tiger's ace at the Pheonix Open in 1997 makes it on to our list at least in part due to his epic reaction. One word: PUMPED!!
Leif Olsen - RBC Canadian Open 2009
Just as there are many golfers who have been unfairly treated by the golf gods in their quest for a hole-in-one, there are a few who can claim just the opposite.
Leif Olsen is one such man. At the 2009 RBC Canadian Open, he scored an ace in quite bizarre fashion when his golf ball crashed into his playing partner's ball on the green and shot left and straight into the hole.
Undoubtedly lucky, but they all count.
Minjee Lee - Kia Classic 2016
Getting a hole-in-one is a cause for celebration for any golfer but when they come on a par-4 they are extra special.
The three-time LPGA Tour event winner Minjee Lee joined a handful of other professional golfers to manage this feat at the 275=ayard par four at the Kia Classic in 2016.
James Kingston - Dunhill Championships 2002
This may well have to be our favourite hole-in-one and ranks as one of the luckiest too.
With an Audi TT sportscar on offer for an ace on the 15th hole at the 2002 Dunhill Championships, James Kingston won't have appreciated watching his ball heading towards the trees immediately left of the green.
He was probably considering his route to saving par when the ball ricocheted off a branch before tracking straight into the hole.
If you ever manage to pull this off, make sure you do the lottery the same day.
What's your favourite hole-in-one through the years? Have you managed one before? Hit the comments below and let us all know.
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