Thomson aces Open hole-in-one on 16th

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Needing something special to avoid missing the cut, England's Jonathan Thomson has stood tall and made a hole-in-one at the par-three 16th in the British Open second round.

The 205cm 25-year-old - the tallest player on the European PGA Tour - sent his tee shot straight into the cup before raising his arms to the skies in celebration.

The world No.889 was in danger of missing the cut on his Open debut at one over as he headed to the 16th.

But having pitched his tee shot on the fringe, he watched it take a few bounces before rolling straight into the hole.

He followed that with a birdie at the next to card a 68 and comfortably make the weekend on two under.

"It's just phenomenal, to be honest," Thomson said of his ace.

"Like the roar, the shot, everything about that hole, it's indescribable really. Just awesome."

At the same hole in the 1967 Dunlop Masters, England's Tony Jacklin, the former British and US Open champion, made the first hole-in-one shown on live television.

Thomson said the hole-in-one had given him a timely shot in the arm ahead of the final two rounds at Royal St George's this weekend.

"It sort of was a real booster because I was grinding out there as well, to be fair. It wasn't easy," he said.

"I was playing good. I just couldn't seem to get anything going properly then that happened and it was like, you know, that's just awesome.

"It was a real confidence boost after what had been up until that point. What an experience.

"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'."

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