Rory McIlroy has achieved numerous accomplishments in his professional golf career, but one had eluded him until the first round of the Travelers Championship on Thursday.

McIlroy, a four-time major winner, recorded his first hole-in-one at a PGA Tour tournament on the eighth hole at TPC River Highlands.

Rory McIlroy waves after making a hole-in-one

Rory McIlroy waves after making a hole-in-one on the eighth hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 22, 2023 in Cromwell, Connecticut.
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Taking a 5-iron on the 214-yard Par 3, McIlroy hit his “best shot of the day” as the crowd roared its approval.

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“As hole-in-ones go, I’ve had hole-in-ones in the past where it has been an ok shot – you get a little lucky or whatever – that was the best shot of the day that I hit,” McIlroy said after the round. “It’s obviously a bonus for it to go in the hole. It was really cool.”

McIlroy confirmed the shot on the eighth was his first hole-in-one on the PGA Tour, adding that he’s carded an ace on the DP World Tour.

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The ace was a bright spot in an otherwise up-and-down round for McIlroy, who finished the day with a 68.