Ace helps Pepperell to take lead
WALTON HEATH, England Eddie Pepperell recorded a hole-in-one on the way to claiming a tie for the lead on 5-under 67 after the first round of the British Masters on Thursday, while tournament host Justin Rose struggled to a 74.
Fellow Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace also shot 67s on a windy day at the Walton Heath course on the outskirts of London.
The first hole-in-one of Pepperell’s career came in spectacular style as his 5-iron from 172 yards on the ninth hit the bottom of the flag and bounced high in the air away from the hole before spinning back into the cup.
“It was a bizarre shot from where I was standing,” he said.