Luke Donald makes his 19th career hole-in-one

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Holes-in-one are hard to come by, as this writer, still waiting for his first, can attest.

But not so when you’re one of the best iron players in modern history, and Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald added another to his collection when he aced the fourth hole at Emirates Golf Club in round two of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic.

Donald, who is set to take the European reins for a second successive Ryder Cup when he leads Team Europe at Bethpage Park’s Black Course in 2025 is still well capable of mixing it with the elite of the DP World Tour as he made it safely through to the weekend with a two-under-par tally that leaves him tied for 37th.

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But the icing on the cake came on what was his 13th hole of the day, having started on the 10th.

“Yeah, 4th hole, 183 yards, a little down off the right,” he recalled when interviewed after the round. “I just hit a cut 8-iron and over this little hill. My eye sight is not that good thighs days. I couldn’t see it but I saw some people behind the green jumping up-and-down. A shame it wasn’t on camera but nice to get one of those.”

Nice indeed, but as he went on the explain, he’s not short when it comes to ‘ace’ tally.

“I’ve had three in tournaments, and I think that was number 19 total,” he explained. “So I’ve been pretty fortunate with the holes-in-one. Sorry for anyone out there who has never had one. I’ve obviously taken them.”

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