They say that lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but Keith Horne may beg to differ after the South African made a second ace on the 12th hole in as many days in the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club.
Horne, who fired a perfect eight iron into the 192-yard par three in Friday’s second round, remarkably repeated the feat less than 24 hours later – and with the same club.
What was slightly galling, however, for the Durbanite was the fact that a shining, BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe was sitting alongside the 12th green – on offer for the first professional to make a hole in one – but a prize only applicable on Sunday.
Horne received a special Dunhill bag for his trouble yesterday and initially believed that the fourth hole in one in his professional career was going to be the most unfortunately-timed of all.
“Unbelievable. It was the same club, but the wind was different, so I had to hit a full eight iron this time,” said Horne, who is also in sixth place heading into the final round after the ace helped him to a four under par 68 on Saturday as his countryman Charl Schwartzel romped into a ten-shot lead.
“It was in all the way – never looked like missing. The ball went in a bit faster this time, so I didn’t get to admire it as much as yesterday, but this one got the adrenaline going much more.
“I had a feeling this whole year that I was going to hit a hole in one and get a car. It was just one of those weird feelings. I certainly wasn’t aiming there because the car was on offer, I was just trying to hit the best shot I could.
“Yesterday was a little frustrating, but today was just funny that it went in again. I didn’t really feel that devastated.
“I’ve made seven holes in one in my life and so far, all I’ve won is a Dunhill bag!”
Shortly after, though, believing his hole in one was going to yield little reward once again, Horne was recalled as special dispensation was made for the remarkable second ace.
Johann Rupert, Chairman of Richemont, holding company for Dunhill London, decided that despite the fine print stating that a car would only be awarded for the first hole in one on Sunday, Horne’s unique achievement merited a reward of this stature as the 41 year old was presented with a brand new BMW ActiveHybrid 5 courtesy of Dunhill London and BMW.
“I’m really chuffed!” said an elated Horne. “It was very kind of them to recognise that two holes in one were worthy of giving me the car. I wasn’t expecting it, so I’m over the moon. This was an unbelievable Christmas present and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful car.
“I’m not looking forward to tomorrow’s tee shot at 12, though. I’m going to feel so much pressure standing over that shot – I’ll be lucky if I hit the green!”