Rahm makes first-ever ace on second hole of season


NAPA, Calif. – Jon Rahm had never made a hole-in-one. In fact, he’d never even seen an ace in person, which makes his Thursday at the Safeway Open a round to remember.

On his fifth swing of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season, the Spaniard checked both items off his bucket list, holing his 7-iron tee shot at the par-3 11th hole (he started his round on No. 10) from 173 yards.

“It was a very special moment,” said Rahm, who finished with a 66 for an early share of sixth place. “It was hard to believe. I actually thought it hit like inside the hole and bounced out but it stayed in.”

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Rahm admitted that it took a few holes to settle down from the excitement of his first hole-in-one, but he added birdies at Nos. 16 and 18 and played his second nine in 3 under.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I didn’t know how the rest of the round would go. Luckily, I was able to get over it real quick.”