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Robert Allenby of Australia hits his tee shot on the ninth during the first round of the 85th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on August 14, 2003 in Rochester, New York. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)

Aussie's awesome shot

Australia's Allenby opens his PGA Championship run in stellar fashion with ace at 11th hole

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Robert Allenby had a hole in one at the 11th hole in the opening round of the PGA Championship on Thursday, the first ace in the championship since 2001.

Allenby's 4-iron shot on the par-3, 226-yard hole propelled him to 1 under and into a seven-way tie for sixth place on the inward nine at Oak Hill Country Club.

Nick Faldo, Scott Hoch and David Toms each had holes in one at the PGA Championship two years ago.

Allenby had the 32nd ace at the tournament since 1970 -- statistics before that year are incomplete.

Allenby, a four-time winner since joining the PGA Tour in 1999, has two fourth-place finishes this season, at the Sony Open and The Players Championship, and ranks 25th in season earnings with $1.4 million.

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