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PGA Tour player follows double eagle with a hole-in-one

It was done by Nicholas Thompson, who has never finished better than 2nd in a PGA Tour event. From AP-

Nicholas Thompson gained five shots in quick fashion with a double eagle and a hole in one to storm into contention at the Open.

Thompson, using a 3-wood, sank his shot from 261 yards on the par-5, 562-yard 11th hole on the Raptor Course at the Grayhawk Golf Club.

After a par on No. 12, Thompson’s tee shot with a 7-iron went in on the par-3, 199-yard 13th. In three holes, he moved from 6 under to 11-under par.

It was the fourth double eagle on the PGA Tour this year.

I think four may be a record for one year. Double eagles were seldom seen in tournaments when par 5′s were only reachable with a driver and a wood. Club technology has made many unreachable holes now only a driver and mid-iron away.

BTW Thompson stands -11 after 3 rounds and four shots behind the leader, Troy Matteson.

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