Daniel Chopra talks holes-in-one

Updated: February 7, 2012, 7:51 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Word spread quickly at Pebble Beach on Tuesday, prompting pats on the back and good-natured barbs. Daniel Chopra even had Tiger Woods wondering when the free drinks were forthcoming -- protocol when a player makes a hole-in-one.

But Chopra went one better. He aced two holes during the same practice round on Monday at the storied Pebble Beach Golf Links, a feat that is quite remarkable -- even for someone who has now made 15.

The first was at the iconic par-3 seventh, a short hole down to the water that measured 103 yards. Chopra used a 50-degree wedge.

The second was a bit more dramatic, coming at the par-3 17th, which played to 176 yards. Chopra hit a 7-iron and said when the ball went in, the celebration was wild.

"I was like Tiger Woods on steroids; I was so pumped," Chopra said. "I think that's the most excited I've ever been on the golf course in my life. It was more exciting than Kapalua."

That's the venue where Chopra, 39, won the second of his two PGA Tour titles.

Chopra said he wasn't keeping score because it was a practice round. "But I counted those holes," he said.

Bob Harig is a senior golf writer for ESPN.com

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