If you get a hole-in-one on the PGA Tour or DP World Tour, you usually win a shiny new car that’s on display behind the tee box.
In the first round of the Omega European Masters at the magnificent Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland, Aaron Cockerill made a hole-in-one on the 3rd hole.
The Canadian, looking to emulate Max Kieffer’s performance last week and claim his first DP World Tour win, hit a perfect nine iron on the 170-yard hole. The ball bounced before hitting the bottom of the cup.
Cockerill did not win a car. He cashed in a life insurance policy of CHF 30,000 with the Vaudoise. It is an independent insurance company based in French-speaking Switzerland which was founded in 1895.
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The Vaudoise became a sponsor of the Omega European Masters in 2014. Prior to its involvement in the DP World Tour, the Vaudoise had organized its own national amateur competition for 10 years.
“It was 170 yards, with the altitude here it was a new iron. He landed five shorts and a jump straight into the hole,” said a delighted Cockerill, who is also entered on the field for the BMW Championship. PGA in early September.
“It was great, I haven’t had a hole-in-one in a few years. There were a few people on the next tee and we could see it coming in straight. You don’t want to be on that green for long, so it was good that he caught the hole. My future children and my wife will be very happy with the price.
Despite hitting a hole-in-one, Cockerill could only manage a par-level scoreline in round one of what is one of the most popular stoppages on the European Tour.
Alejandro Canizares and Thriston Lawrence carded 62 points in the first round to take the lead on the 18th hole, but the second round was halted due to the threat of lightning.