After the astonishing exploits of Keith Horne in the second and third rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Sweden’s Magnus A Carlsson made it a terrific three holes in one in three days on the 12th at Leopard Creek when he sunk a perfect seven iron to finally seize the luxury BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe on Sunday.
Incredibly, Horne made consecutive holes in one at the 192-yard downhill par three in on Friday and Saturday and despite the prize car only being designated as a reward for the first hole in one in Sunday’s final round, the South African was awarded a BMW ActiveHybrid 5 anyway in recognition of his unique achievement, the like of which has never been seen in European Tour history.
And when Sunday finally did arrive, Horne could manage only a par while Carlsson, who finished with a two under par 70 in the final round, holed a pin-point seven iron from 195 yards to take the spoils, namely a stunning BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
“The wind has been switching a lot today so I wasn’t really sure about it,” said an elated Carlsson. “I was in between an eight and a seven iron but decided to hit a seven like all the other days.
“I thought the wind was going to be from the left. I pulled the shot but amazingly it stayed straight towards the flag. I saw it land and then roll in and I didn’t know what to say!
“It was an unbelievable feeling just to make it and I knew there was going to be a car as well so it was pretty incredible.
“This 12th hole – if you hit middle of the green you’re always going to roll it down there. It’s going to be kind of close to the flag, so it’s one of those holes where you can make hole in one, because the ball rolls into the hole. All of the other holes you land it and it stops.”
Carlsson, who currently drives a modest Volkswagen Passat, said it was the fifth ace of his life – and third in the professional sphere – and admitted he would have to stop and share a special word with Horne to reflect on their respective feats.
He said: “What Keith Horne did is kind of unbelievable as well and if I see him I’ll definitely say something.
“It’s probably one of the most exclusive cars I’ve sat in! It’s probably too quick a car for me, so I’ll have to get used to it and not press the pedal too hard.”