The 149th Open: Jonathan Thomson enjoys hole-in-one during second round at Royal St George's
The Englishman, who overcame acute lymphoblastic leukaemia as a child, made a hole-in-one at the par-three 16th during the second round at Royal St Georges; watch The Open throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports
By Ali Stafford at Royal St George's
Last Updated: 16/07/21 7:38pm
Jonathan Thomson enjoyed one of the highlights of his golfing career so far after posting a stunning hole-in-one during the second round of The 149th Open.
The 6ft 9in Englishman, the tallest player in the field at Royal St George's, produced one of the standout moments of the tournament when he nailed his tee shot at the par-three 16th and brought huge cheers from those around the 149-yard hole.
Thomson birdied four of his last seven holes on Thursday to salvage an opening-round 71 and made a steady start to his second day, following seven pars with a birdie at the eighth and then cancelling out a bogey at the 12th by picking up a shot at the par-five 14th.
The 25-year-old, who only secured his invite into the final men's major of the year when he progressed through Final Qualifying last month, dropped a shot at the 15th slip back over for the tournament but responded in the perfect style on his very next hole.
Thomson's tee shot landed short of the green and hit the bank situated just past the bunker, with his ball then taking one large bounce and landing a couple of feet from the pin before spinning directly into the cup for an unlikely ace.
The hole-in-one came on the same hole where Dustin Johnson made one during the 2011 contest and was followed by a birdie at the par-four next, taking Thomson to two under and seeing him safely through to the weekend.
"It's awesome," Thomson said. "You know, you dream about playing in The Open as a kid and then you come here, have a hole-in-one and make the cut, and it's just like, Wow.
"I think I've done a really good job this week of managing expectations. I've got my coach here, my fiancée here with me. We've done a really good job of taking control of this is just another golf tournament. Obviously, it is a major, but we've done a real good job of managing that so far, and that's certainly one of the aims going forward, to keep on top of it."
Click on the video above to see Thomson's amazing ace!
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