A hole-in-one at the U.S. Open is a historically rare feat, one that's occurred less than 50 times in the tournament's storied history. But it was matched on the first day of the U.S. Open, and by a golfer a lot of people certainly overlooked.
On the par-three 12th hole, Rory Sabbatini stroked a perfect drive from 202 yards away. It only needed two bounces before dropping into the hole, to the roar of the crowd.
It was only the 45th hole-in-one in the 119-year history of the U.S. Open. It was also the first since Zach Johnson sank one on the ninth hole in 2014.
On top of the historic achievement for Sabbatini, it also helped him make up some of the ground he was losing on the day.
To that point, Sabbatini was +1 with three bogies and two birdies. But thanks to that eagle, Sabbatini is at -1, and well in the thick of things as he continues the rest of his first day at Pebble Beach.
Sabbatini is appearing at the Open for the first time since 2013, and has not made the cut since 2011. His best finish is 30th.
It has been a memorable day in the U.S. Open to be sure. Hopefully the rest of the weekend has plenty of remarkable highlights like this one.
The U.S. Open is being played on FS1.