Raul Pereda makes first career ace from 236 yards in Round 1 of THE CJ CUP Byron Nelson

PGA TOUR rookie Raul Pereda made his first hole-in-one in TOUR competition on Thursday morning, acing the 236-yard par-3 seventh hole at THE CJ CUP Byron Nelson.

Pereda launched a long iron that landed just a few paces onto the green and trundled to the back-left hole location. Pereda celebrated with a fist pump and high fives with his playing partners, Zecheng Dou and Chris Gotterup. The ace moved Pereda into red figures, 2-under through seven holes at TPC Craig Ranch.

“When it came off the face it was just very solid and landed about halfway or middle of the green and it was tracking,” said Pereda, who hit 4-iron. “I just didn’t think it had enough speed, so I picked up the tee, and when I turned around I still see the ball, and all of a sudden I heard some people screaming and yelling. JP my caddie was like, I thought it had a chance and all off sudden it disappeared.”

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