Woods bags first hole-in-one in 20 years

Tiger Woods may have been back to playing his best golf late in the season, but he managed to dislodge another monkey from his back as he prepared for last weekend’s Hero World Challenge in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Woods bagged his first ace in 20 years.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: PGA Tour)

That’s right, the former long-running world No 1 had not had a hole-in-one in that time, despite the thousands and thousands of times he has ‘peppered the pin’ each week.

Woods was having a practise round at The Madison Club in La Quinta, California before jetting down to The Bahamas.

He was playing with his nine-year-old son Charlie as well as a close friend in Rob McNamara and former Masters champion Fred Couples.

Just before they hit their tee shots, Couples explained that he had aced the 208-yard (190m) par-three second hole just a few days before this round.

Woods then hit a five-iron that, according to McNamara, never left the flag and left a pitch mark about four metres in front of the hole.

While the group could not see the bottom of the flag to confirm it had gone in, when there was no ball on the green someone suggested that it may have gone through the green.

Woods quickly set them straight when he explained that had he hit it “softer than that.”

They checked the hole and confirmed Woods had registered the 20th ace of his long and prosperous golfing life.