Fore! Moustakas aces hole at Pebble Beach
OAKLAND -- It has been quite a year for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.
Moustakas is hitting .323 after the Royals' 3-2 win on Saturday, fifth best in the American League. He also is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game at third base.
And now he has his first hole-in-one under his belt. And it came at Pebble Beach of all places, on the famed 17th par-3, where Kansas Citian Tom Watson chipped in for birdie to basically win the 1982 U.S. Open.
Well, actually, Moustakas' ace was on the same hole but an alternative green about 20 yards in front of the regular one, which apparently was under repair.
"I'll take it, though," Moustakas said. "Just to think of all the history on that hole. That's so cool to get my first one there."
Moustakas was playing the course with some high school friends on the Royals' off-day Thursday. Teammates Wade Davis, Drew Butera and Brandon Finnegan were playing a couple holes ahead of his group.
"I think they heard us screaming, though," Moustakas said.
Moustakas said he hit an easy pitching wedge from about 140-145 yards out.
"It was great. It landed, took one hop, hit the flag pole and dropped in," Moustakas said.
Moustakas plans on putting the scorecard and ball on a plaque.
"It's something I'll never forget," he said.
• Ventura rehab: Manager Ned Yost said Yordano Ventura threw well during his rehab start Friday at Triple-A Omaha -- four innings, three runs, 70 pitches. "He got up to 97 mph," Yost said.
Ventura will make another rehab start and then be re-evaluated.