Johnson, a 27-year-old from South Carolina, aced the par-3 16th hole at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England. Good thing it hit the flag and popped into the hole because, as the Guardian put it, the ball would have been “halfway to Dover had the flagstick not got in the way.”
“Obviously, you can’t see it [after teeing off],” Johnson told ESPN’s Trey Wingo. “It was a perfect wedge. The wind was right-to-left, but I never got to see it. I was trying to get over to the right to see what it was going to do.”
Johnson started abysmally and was 4-over at the 14th tee. Three holes later, he was even. Perhaps best remembered for a costly error in last year’s PGA Championship, Johnson finished with an even-par 70 today, five strokes back of leader Thomas Bjorn.