Friday, 19 March 2010
Northern Ireland's Eddie Polland won a £28,000 Volvo S80 car after scoring a hole-in-one on the 17th hole of his opening round at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland.

But there was no such luck for Australia's Ross Metherill who aced the same hole some three hours later only to find that the car had already gone.

"That's the 33rd hole-in-one of my career but it's the first time that I've won something as big as a car," said the jubilant Polland at the end of his round. "I did win some money at a Martini tournament when I was on the regular Tour but nothing worth as much as this.

"It's a bit like winning the lottery," he added.

"I can't really believe it," said Metherill who finished alongside Polland on 70. "Before, we went out I told my playing partners that I needed to buy a car next week so it's a bit of a shame to miss out.

"When we got to the 17th and I heard that Eddie had won it I turned to the guys and said that, knowing my luck, I'd get a one. Then again, I didn't believe for a second I'd actually do it."

Polland and Grace go into the second round four shots behind first round leaders, Australia's Noel Ratcliffe and America's John Grace, who both shot 66s, and five shots adrift of a cosmopolitan group comprising Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan, Italy's Alberto Croce, Australia's Trevor Downing and Japanese duo Seiji Ebihara and Toshiaki Namiki.

America's Art Russell, England's Jim Rhodes and Ireland's Liam Higgins were all one shot further behind on 68 and Jay Horton, Nick Job, Peter Dawson, Bernard Gallacher, John Garner, Sid Denham, David Good, Bobby Verwey, Brian Waites, Manuel Sanchez and defending champion, Bob Shearer, also broke par on 69.

Ratcliffe, winner of the 1987 Benson and Hedges International tournament at Fulford, opened with nine consecutive pars on in an outward half of 35 and then let loose with four birdies in a closing nine of 31.

"I wasn't pleased with the way I finished when I shared 6th place at the British Seniors Open at Royal Co.Down but today was much better," he said.

"I have been working hard on my posture and alignment and, all of a sudden, it seemed to have fit into place."
Grace, who turned pro when he was 50 after a distinguished amateur career in which he earned Walker Cup honours in 1975 and finished runner-up to Jerry Pate in the 1974 US Amateur, who went out in 32 and home in 34 for his best round on this season's Seniors Tour.

"I've been playing well for the last few tournaments so maybe this will be my week," he said.

O'Sullivan, from Cork, who finished tied 5th at the recent TotalFina Elf Seniors tournament in France and seventh at the Coca Cola Kaiser Karl tournament in Germany, had to play through the pain barrier for his opening 67.

"I was in agony out there," he said. "I don't know what I've done. I've either bruised a rib or pulled a muscle but I need to see a doctor to sort it out."

On a day of incredible scoring, America's TR Jones became the third man to record a hole-in-one when he aced the 164-yard 11th hole using a 6-iron. Like Metherell he didn't win a special prize, eventually finishing with a disappointing 75.

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