In golf, aces come once in a blue moon and provide a sought-after checkmark to one’s life resume.


Rory McIlroy was treading water at 1 under par for his second round when he came to the 12th hole, a 217-yard par 3. Watch what happened next:


Rod Pampling won for the first time in nine years earlier this year on the Web.com Tour, but it was his 72-year-old mother who had a breakthrough of sorts Thursday in Australia. 


Making a hole-in-one the conventional way is hard enough; the odds of doing so are 12,500-to-1 for the average player.