For most golfers, a hole-in-one is reward enough on its own.
But for Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, his ace on the 12th on the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club wasn’t enough to see him make the cut to continue playing in the tournament for the weekend, but it did bring the 21-year-old a new car.
Up for grabs for the first hole-in-one of the tournament at the 176-metre (192-yard) downhill hole with the wickedly sloped green was a brand new BMW 435i Coupe.
The hole was playing 177 metres on the day, and a perfectly played eight-iron saw the ball disappear into the cup.
There were high-fives all around with his playing partners and the caddies, and a jubilant wave to the television cameras as he retrieved his ball, but he didn’t allow himself to celebrate too much until he was sure he had won the car.
“I saw a guy last week make a hole-in-one and not get a car,” he said. “He was all pumped and he didn’t actually win it. I didn’t want to even look at the car. I wanted to make sure that I had the car first and then celebrate.”
In a small ceremony after his round, he was handed the keys to the car by BMW South Africa head of events by Kerry Cleverdon.
“It’s a bonus to drive away! I’m going home with a nice gift,” said Grillo. “I really like motorsport and fast cars. The car looks great and feels amazing!”
It was the second year in a row that BMW have given away a car at the Alfred Dunhill Championship: Last year, Keith Horne made a hole in one at the 12th during the second round, but the car was only up for an ace in the final round. He made a second ace in the third round on Saturday, and BMW decided he had done enough to get his car.