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There are few things more memorable in golf than making a hole-in-one.

But how about being congratulated by Tiger Woods for that very accomplishment.

That was the dream lived out by the 11-year-old Holden Bautista during a junior tournament over the weekend.

Bautista was competing in the TGR Invitation event, which is held on The Hay short course at Pebble Beach, which was redesigned by Woods in 2021.

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And, remarkably, Bautista hit not one, but two aces, according to the clip released by TaylorMade.

And it was in the second round of the event where Bautista had his magical moment in front of Woods.

The junior struck his iron shot sweetly into the morning mist and then jumped around in sheer elation for a feat that many golfers go a whole lifetime without completing.

Then, when the celebrations were over, he had the opportunity to meet the 15-time major champion Woods.

Woods awarded Bautista with two pins for the ace, but it was his words that perhaps meant the most to the young golfer.

“I’m proud of you,” Woods said, “Keep it going.” As motivation goes, it doesn’t get much better than that.

This, of course, isn’t the first time Woods has been on site at a junior tournament when a players has made an ace.

When Woods was at his course-opening event at The Playgrounds in Texas back in 2016, 11-year-old Taylor Crozier made a hole-in-one on the very first hole.

Woods, meanwhile, has fuelled speculation of a remarkable return to competitive golf.

Six months after undergoing ankle surgery, the 47-year-old has released a video hitting golf balls again.

On Sunday he posted a clip hitting a wedge shot at The Hay, the first time he had been seen hitting a full shot since pulling out of the Masters back in April.

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