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Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas had 100 attempts to make a hole-in-one and the results were staggering

February 24, 2021

In recent years, the European Tour's "Chase the Ace" series has tested—and tormented—some of the world's best golfers. But a pair of players who have actually been World No. 1, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, still thought they could meet this challenge. Silly tour pros.

In fairness to these two superstars, the usual format was tweaked. Instead of having 500 attempts to make a hole-in-one over the course of an entire day, each got 50 cracks at a 148-yard hole at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. SPOILER ALERT: It didn't happen. But that doesn't mean the video still wasn't entertaining—or that they didn't come close. Really, really close.

First, check out the clip to see these two absolutely peppering the flagstick. Each of them thought they made an elusive ace multiple times, coming within inches on several occasions. And both agreed they couldn't have taken anymore of this torture:

It just goes to show you that no matter how good you are, you still need a little bit of luck to hole a shot from that far away. But seriously, these results were incredible:

And the European Tour broke it down even further:

As you can see, overall, their average distance from the hole was 11.4 feet with JT having a slighlty better avearge. And they combined to hit five shots within one foot, 18 shots within three feet, and 31 shots within five feet. That's incredible. It's not like 148 yards is a chip shot!

And yet, they walked away feeling like complete failures. Rough. Anyway, keep these coming, European Tour. If you can keep finding volunteers, that is.