Thompson follows double-eagle with hole-in-one


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ' 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.

There were two other holes-in-one under ideal conditions in Saturday's third round, both on the par-3, 198-yard 16th. The first, by Ted Purdy with a 5-iron, won him a new Mercedes, which he kissed after making the shot. Chad Campbell later hit one on the same hole, using a 6-iron.