Argentine Sinks Second Hole-in-One of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
15 - November 2011
Abu Dhabi, UAE. 21 January 2011: Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez scored the second hole-in-one of the 2011 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship today, following Dane S?ren Kjeldsen’s opening day ace on Thursday.
Gonzalez, a four-time European Tour winner, holed the fifth hole-in-one in the Abu Dhabi event’s six-year history on the par-3 seventh hole.
"When I stood on the tee, I wasn't sure what to hit - I thought a 6-iron but my caddy said 5. I went with the 5 and hit it with a little fade,” said Gonzalez, who carded a round of 68. “When I saw it go in, I was very happy. I had a good round, I'm feeling great and that shot has given me a lot of confidence for the weekend."
Gonzalez’s historic six-iron swing marked the first time the championship, which runs until Sunday January 23 and includes six of the world’s top 10 players, has witnessed two holes-in-one in the same year.
“With our strongest-ever field, Abu Dhabi galleries have a real treat this year and the two hole-in-ones are the talk of The National Course – it really is a tremendous achievement,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, Events Manger, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority – the event organiser.
Tickets are AED125 for a daily pass and AED400 for a four-day pass. Preferential rates of AED100 and AED300, respectively, apply to EGF members. Children under 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult, while HSBC card holders can also get in free by presenting their card on arrival this Sunday. All car parking is free.
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