Australian Graham Marsh made history when he became the first player on either side of the Atlantic to make two holes in one on the same hole in a top flight tournament when he aced the par three 11th for the second time in three days in the Senior British Open Championship presented by MasterCard.
Marsh holed in one on the 170 yard hole on the Dunluce Course at Royal Portrush Golf Club with an eight iron in today’s third round. On Thursday he aced the hole using a nine iron in the first round.
It is a feat that has never been achieved before on The European Tour, the US PGA Tour, the European Seniors Tour or the US Champions Tour. The Senior British Open Championship presented by MasterCard is joint sanctioned by the European Seniors Tour and the US Champions Tour.
“It was an eight iron I hit today but I shouldn’t tell because everyone will be doing it,” said Marsh, who shot a one over par 73 to lie five over for the Championship.
As well as recording a remarkable first in the game Marsh was also rewarded with another generous amount of Hardys Wine. Hardys sponsor the Hole in One Prize on the European Seniors Tour and reward players who make an ace with a bottle of wine for every yard of the hole. The 170 bottles of Hardys wine that he earned on Thursday was therefore doubled today with another magnificent swing by the Australian on the 11th.
“There’s no better prize I could have been given, being a wine connoisseur. This could just about take me out of professional golf. It’s a freaky situation,” added Marsh.
The other incredible thing is that he made a birdie two on the hole on Friday.
Michael Rayment from Hardys wine commented: “I jokingly said to Graham and his wife on Friday night: “Look you’ve holed in one yesterday and birdied it today, why don’t you try and repeat the feat at the weekend and go one-two again on Saturday and Sunday! You have to say, he’s off to a good start.”