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Royals’ Mike Moustakas on hole-in-one on 17th at Pebble Beach: ‘Just dropped in the hole’

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is having a great year.

In addition to coming into his own as a batter (.327/.379/.475 slash line heading into Saturday) and leading American League third baseman in All-Star Game voting, Moustakas had a hole-in-one during Thursday’s off-day.

At Pebble Beach. On the 17th hole.

Golf.com described that as a hole “where good rounds go to die.” The iconic 17th has the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and there are bunkers everywhere.

Tom Watson said in the book, Play Golf the Pebble Way: “It takes every bit of your skill to get the ball on that green.”

He should know. The 17th is where Watson chipped-in for birdie and he went on to win the 1982 U.S. Open. A decade earlier, Jack Nicklaus hit the flag with a 1-iron.

And Moustakas had a hole-in-one there.

“Just dropped in the hole, man,” Moustakas told The Star’s Sam Mellinger. “Kind of sick. It was awesome. Me and the boys, we’re celebrating, the caddies, we’re celebrating.”

Moustakas was playing a round at the famous course with friends from high school, and it was his first ace.

“I’ve hit a home run before, but I’ve never hit a hole-in-one before,” Moustakas told Mellinger. “So at that point in time, the hole-in-one was better. But in the overall scheme of things, a home run is pretty tight.

“I’ve been close before. But not close enough to actually think it’s going on. But I was pretty good with the irons that day. On the hole before, about 100 yards out and I left it about 4 inches from the cup. So I was pretty hot with the wedges at that point.”

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