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Dustin Johnson didn’t feel up to celebrating his hole-in-one after struggling with illness in Thursday’s first round of The Open.

Dustin Johnson didn’t feel up to celebrating his hole-in-one after struggling with illness in Thursday’s first round of The 140th Open at Royal St George’s.

The big-hitting 27-year-old, laid low with a mystery infection, was four over after 13 holes before beginning his comeback with birdies at 14 and 15.

He then aced the 163-yard 16th, the same hole where Tony Jacklin recorded the first ever televised hole-in-one in 1967.

Johnson also birdied 17 before closing with a bogey for a 70, and he said: “I’m not very excited at all. I’m going to go home and sleep. I’m not feeling all that well.

“My glands are all swollen. I’ve got some kind of infection. I’m on some antibiotics, so hopefully it’ll go away,” added Johnson, who briefly reflected on his remarkable last five holes.

“Standing on 14 I wanted to make a few birdies and give myself a chance to get back in this thing,” he said.

“If you would have bet me money that I would be one-under-par standing on the 18th tee I would have taken it.”

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