Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Pepperell has first ace, share of lead in British Masters

Eddie Pepperell recorded a hole-in-one on the way to claiming a share of the lead at 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 No. 9 hit the bottom of the flag and bounced away from the hole before spinning back into the cup.

"It was a bizarre shot from where I was standing," he said. "I played awful in the pro-am on Wednesday, probably the worst I have in a while, and I wouldn't say I played great today but . …

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