England’s Nick Job became the second player to record a hole-in-one during the opening round of The Senior British Open Championship at Royal Aberdeen.
Job and Welshman Tony Price both aced the par three third which earned them 223 bottles of Hardys wine – one for every yard of the hole.
With cross winds making club selection difficult, Job hit a three wood while Price opted for driver.
“I hit driver there because it was debateable. Everyone seemed to be hitting three wood. The hole is 223 and the wind must be blowing around 30mph out there,” explained Price, who made it into the Championship after topping the qualifying group at Murcar on Tuesday.
“The bale-out shot for me was behind the flag at the back of the green. You have got a trap in the front, you can’t see the bottom of the flag and you’ve got a trap at the back. I thought if I am going to miss the green I’ll miss it long. I hit it good and just heard the shout because you can’t see it from the tee. I was surprised. I lost it in the air and thought it had gone to the right. Apparently it was a good shot and bounced on the front of the green and rolled straight in.”
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.