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Thursday, 21 July 2005
Tony Price enjoyed a sensational start to his opening round at The Senior British Open Championship, presented by Aberdeen Asset Management, with the Welshman acing the third hole.

Price made it into the Championship after topping the qualifying group at Murcar on Tuesday, but he wasted no time in making his mark on today’s play at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Scotland.

With strong winds buffeting the early starters, Price opted to hit driver at the 223 yard third hole and he and his playing partners, English amateur Roy Smethurst and compatriot Malcolm Gregson, were stunned when the ball dropped straight in.

The eagle took Price to two under par and earned him 223 bottles of wine from popular Australian wine brand Hardys, which is an official sponsor to the European Seniors Tour.

Last year’s Senior British Open at Royal Portrush saw three holes in one – two from Australian Graham Marsh and the other by England’s Jim Rhodes – while there have been three aces on the European Seniors Tour so far this year – Englishman Mark James at the De Vere Northumberland Seniors Classic at Slaley Hall, Ireland’s John Curtis in the Nigel Mansell Sunseeker International Classic at Woodbury Park and Tommy Horton of England in the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open at Royal St David’s.

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