(CNN)He was having a poor opening round of the Masters, but in one fell swoop, that all changed for Tommy Fleetwood.
In the most famous setting, the Englishman made a dramatic hole-in-one at the par-three 16th on Thursday to shoot him up the leaderboard at Augusta. Traveling over the pond and avoiding the bunkers that surround the green, Fleetwood’s ball carefully dissected all obstacles to bounce a few times before finding the hole. Fleetwood, who shot to prominence after his friendship with Francesco Molinari during the Ryder Cup, had a relieved look on his face as he lifted his arms aloft in celebration in synchronicity with the fans upon seeing his ball drop in. It’s his second consecutive tournament with an ace after the world No. 24 also landed one at the WGC Match Play event.Read MoreAnd it’s becoming an expensive habit for the 30-year-old as it is tradition for any golfer who hits a hole-in-one to buy a drink for all his fellow players. He’ll also get the commemorative crystal vase handed out for the achievement at the Masters which he’ll be able to keep forever. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features, and videos Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentLee Elder acknowledges applause as he joins Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus as honorary starters at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. In 1975, Elder became the first African American to ever play in the Masters.Hide Caption 1 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentDustin Johnson, last year’s Masters champion, plays a shot on the second hole Thursday.Hide Caption 2 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentJustin Rose hits out of a bunker on the second hole Thursday. He shot a 7-under 65 to take a four-shot lead after the first round.Hide Caption 3 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentThis is the first time in two years that the Masters has allowed spectators on the course.Hide Caption 4 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentRory McIlroy hits out of the rough on the sixth hole Thursday.Hide Caption 5 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentSergio Garcia, Webb Simpson and their caddies walk to the sixth green on Thursday.Hide Caption 6 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentFormer Masters champion Jordan Spieth hits a tee shot on No. 7.Hide Caption 7 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentFour-time major winner Brooks Koepka had knee surgery less than a month ago, but he was on the course for Thursday’s first round.Hide Caption 8 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentTwo-time Masters champ Bubba Watson hits out of a bunker on the first hole Thursday.Hide Caption 9 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentFans watch some of the first-round play on Thursday.Hide Caption 10 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentMax Homa walks down the 18th fairway on Thursday.Hide Caption 11 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentJoaquin Niemann looks for his ball on the 10th hole Thursday.Hide Caption 12 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentDuring a practice round on Wednesday, Ian Poulter takes a Hogan Bridge selfie with his playing partners and their caddies.Hide Caption 13 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentRory McIlroy and Justin Thomas walk across the Sarazen Bridge during a practice round on Tuesday.Hide Caption 14 of 15 Photos: The 2021 Masters golf tournamentAzaleas frame the 16th green on Monday.Hide Caption 15 of 15There had been 22 hole-in-ones in the history of Augusta and Fleetwood made it 23 with his remarkable effort. He moved from four-under to two-under with that one shot, and moving him much closer to leader and fellow countryman Justin Rose.