Thompson holed a 3-iron from 233 yards on his way to a 3-under-par 69.
It was his first hole-in-one on the PGA Tour. It was the first ace by any player at The Players Championship since 2008. After starting the day at No. 10, Thompson finished with a bang. He made the ace and then a birdie at No. 9, his finishing hole. He jumped from a tie for 68th to a tie for 17th over those final two holes.
Thompson, who won the Honda Classic in March, was asked how much an ace is luck and how much is skill.
“The skill is hitting the shot that I wanted to hit,” Thompson sad. “I wanted to hit a low draw with a 3-iron, just land it somewhere on the front of the green and have it chase back to the hole. That was the image I had in my mind, the picture, so to speak. And so I executed that really, really well. The luck part of it is once it hit the green, anything can happen.”