England’s Jonathan Thomson, the tallest player on the European Tour, made a hole-in-one at the par-three 16th in The Open second round on Friday.
The 6ft 9ins 25-year-old, who recovered from leukaemia as a child, sent his tee shot straight into the cup at the 162-yard hole before raising his arms to the skies in celebration.
Thomson, ranked 889th in the world, also birdied the 17th to move to two under par and he carded a 68 to comfortably make the halfway cut in his first major championship appearance.
“It’s just phenomenal, to be honest,” Thomson said. “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 British and US Open champion, made the first hole-in-one shown on live television.