British golf pro James Heath not only aced a hole-in-one shot this weekend, but he also scooped an amazing prize for doing so – a new BMW i8!
31 year old Heath achieved the hole-in-one on the 16th hole of the BMW International Open final round on Sunday. And perhaps understandably, he said: “I am blown away… virtually speechless.
“It more than triples the highest cheque I’ve ever made. I aimed about four yards left of the flag because of the water on the right. It pitched just past the flag and spun back in.”
The Nick Faldo protege turned pro in 2004 and, so far this season, has earned around £24,000 from his golf. The BMW i8 more than quadruples this prize fund packet…
BMW Hole-in-One cars: five and counting…
It’s the the fifth time BMW has handed over a ‘Hole-in-One car’ during the 26-year running of the BMW International Open; the last one was another Brit, Andrew Marshall, who scooped a 640i Gran Coupe in 2012.
Other Hole-in-One car winners are Frenchman Jean-Francois Lucquin, who won a BMW 535i, and Raphael Jacquelin who rather impressively won a BMW Z8. The first winner came way back in 1991, during the third BMW International Open: American Jay Townsend won a BMW 325i Cabrio.
Heath’s prize is surely the most impressive yet, although it sounds like he was in with a fair shot of it anyway: “This is my fifteenth hole in one – the second in professional tournament play.
“The others pale into insignificance by comparison…”