Video: McIlroy makes first pro ace in Abu Dhabi


Perhaps one of Rory McIlroy's boarding-pass goals for 2015 was to make more aces.

McIlroy thrilled the crowd at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship when he scored a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th hole Friday, where he launched a 9-iron from 177 yards that landed just in front of the hole before bouncing into the cup.

The ace was McIlroy's first in competition as a professional, and it helped him to a 6-under 66 in the second round. At 11 under, he sits alone in third place and trails leader Martin Kaymer by two shots with two rounds to play.

"As soon as it left the bat, it looked like it had a chance," McIlroy said. "First one ever in competition as a pro, so obviously beers are on me tonight."

McIlroy's was the second hole-in-one in as many days at No. 15, where Miguel Angel Jimenez one-hopped his tee shot on Thursday and offered a dance in celebration.

Check out McIlroy's ace and reaction below: