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June 19 2010

11:19 PM

More on Jaidee's ace

Thongchai Jaidee, who recorded the tournament's first hole-in-one this week when he aced the par-3 fifth hole with an 8-iron from 180 yards, said it was the 10th hole-in-one in his career and the eighth in competition.

"You need some luck," Jaidee said after finishing his 3-over 74 Saturday. "Today, we got lucky on that hole.

In the second round, Jaidee eagled the par-4 third. At 10 over for the tournament, he's not in a position to win, but he's got a couple of nice consolation prizes with the eagle and the ace.

"Very good memory for me," he said.

It's the 41st ace in U.S. Open history, although the USGA acknowledges that holes-in-one records are not available for all years.

The last ace at a U.S. Open came in 2006 when Peter Hedblom aced the third hole in the third round at Winged Foot.

ACES IN U.S. OPEN SINCE 2000

Player Year Round Hole Course
Todd Fischer 2000 2 7th Pebble Beach
Phil Mickelson 2001 2 6th Southern Hills
Olin Browne 2001 4 11th Southern Hills
Shigeki Maruyama 2002 2 14th Bethpage Black
Andy Miller 2002 4 3rd Bethpage Black
Scott Hoch 2002 4 3rd Bethpage Black
a-Spencer Levin 2004 1 17th Shinnecock Hills
Peter Jacobsen 2005 3 9th Pinehurst
Peter Hedblom 2006 3 3rd Winged Foot
Thongchai Jaidee 2010 3 5th Pebble Beach

 

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