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Amazing £2.5million prize for hole-in-one at Dubai Desert Classic
Golfers will be falling over each other to make the cut before this week’s Dubai Desert Classic kicks off as they will earn the opportunity to have a shot at an incredible $2.5million hole-in-one prize.
The penultimate hole on the Majilis course is a 359-yard par four off the back tee and many players see it as a great scoring opportunity as well as a chance to pick up a vital late birdie.
However, there’s more than victory at stake for those who make the cut – and then reach the final two rounds – with the added incentive of a huge monetary windfall.
The tee will be moved forwards so it plays 325 yards and anyone managing to score a hole-in-one will be taking home that amazing $2.5million (just over £1.5million) hole-in-one prize.
But it’s not going to be easy at any stretch. Players from the tee will be unable to see the green or the flag so will face a blind shot should they attempt the hole-in-one shot. They will also need to really smash their drives over thick scrubland and curve them around palm trees which line the fairway.
Which players will be willing to take the risk? Would you go for broke knowing what was on the line should you sink the shot in one? What if you were in contention for the trophy? It certainly makes for exciting watching, that’s for sure.
Some of the players on this week’s field had this to say about the hole-in-one shot when speaking to Sky Sports News:
Tournament favourite and 2009 Dubai champion Rory McIlroy: "You've got to go for it! It gives us an incentive, I mean 325 (yards) for a few guys out here is doable."
Abu Dhabi winner Pablo Larrazabal: "Two-and-a-half million, I'm going for it. Why not!"
World Number Three and 2007 Dubai winner Henrik Stenson: "Two-and-a-half million, that always gets your interest, doesn't it."
Former Dubai Desert Classic winner David Howell: "Well, that's incredible, isn't it, for one shot and it could be a lucky one at that. Dubai, the land of riches!"
And finally, defending champion Stephen Gallacher: "My gameplan's always been to hit down the left but I think I might be tempted into having a shot for that now."