Rory McIlroy celebrates his ace. PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy was understandably disappointed to not claim a fifth major championship on Sunday at the US Open. In the meantime, he’ll have to settle for accomplishing a career-first on Thursday at the Travelers Championship.

In a stat that will certainly stun golf fans everywhere — this golf writer included — the former World No. 1 had never made a hole-in-one on the PGA Tour. In 232 starts. Just an insane fact.

But that all changed with one 5-iron swing on the 214-yard, par-3 eighth hole at TPC River Highlands during the first round. Have a look:

What an absolute laser. Congrats, Rory. But again, it’s wild that he’d never made one on the PGA Tour before. Heck, less than a week ago he just missed one at LACC!

Anyway, McIlroy does have one career ace as a pro, which came at the 2015 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the DP World Tour. And now, on his 3,253rd par 3 of his PGA Tour career, he’s (finally) got another. What a crazy game.

“I’m not sentimental,” McIlroy said after. “I don’t care. I’d rather have trophies than golf balls.”

OK maybe so, but we’re guessing he’ll treat himself to a couple celebratory beverages on Thursday night.