Here’s the video of Dustin Johnson’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 163-yard 16th at Royal St. George’s. Good thing his ball hit the flagstick and dropped — it landed hard and likely would have rolled off the green had it not been for a stroke of luck.
What’s just as impressive was Johnson rallying late in his round to finish at even par. DJ was four-over through 13 before he turned his day around. Starting on the 14th, he went birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie. Sure, he finished with a bogey, but we can disregard that blemish since coming back to post a 70 kept him within striking distance.
“We (caddie Joe LaCava and I) talked about what we needed just to get looks on the rest of the holes so we could have a chance,” said Johnson. “We needed to make a few birdies at least. Standing on 14 I wanted to make a few birdies and give myself a chance to get back in this thing, and I was fortunate enough to birdie 14, 15, and eagle 16 and birdie 17.
“If you would have bet me money that I would be one-under par standing on the 18th tee, I would have taken it.”
Johnson is on antibiotics for a sore throat or “some kind of infection,” as he put it.
He’s T36 through one round of the Open Championship.