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Volvo Golf Champions unusual hole-in-one prizes: a digger and a truck!

Do you dig the prize for a hole-in-one at the Volvo Champions (Yes, it's an excavator!)

By
Chris Cutmore

PUBLISHED:

17:16 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:16 GMT, 10 January 2013

The European Tour raises its curtain for 2013 at the Volvo Golf Champions in Durban today, and there are some rather unusual prizes up for grabs.

A car is on offer for any player managing to score a hole-in-one on the 156-yard par-three 12th hole at Durban Country Club. So far, so ordinary.

But, come the 15th things get a little more interesting. Anyone who shoots an ace on that 170-yard par-three will land themselves not a car, but an excavator worth 32,000.

And finally, anyone who somehow negotiates the 273-yard par-four 18th in just one shot will save themselves the 93,000 they were sure to spend anyway on a shiny new truck.

Up for grabs: Padraig Harrington tees off on the 12th hole in front of the more traditional prize of a car

Up for grabs: Padraig Harrington tees off on the 12th hole in front of the more traditional prize of a car

Keep on trucking: Colin Montgomerie plays an approach with the big prize in the background

Keep on trucking: Colin Montgomerie plays an approach with the big prize in the background

Under construction: Ernie Els and Nicolas Colsaerts walk past the excavator at Durban Country Club

Under construction: Ernie Els and Nicolas Colsaerts walk past the excavator at Durban Country Club

The event is a tournament of champions, with the field made up of those who have won on Tour during the previous year or who have accumulated 10 or more titles in their career.

Those teeing it up in South Africa this week include Ernie Els, Paul Lawrie, Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke.

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And the good news is that, with no halfway cut due to a limited field, each player will get 12 attempts at winning the big prizes.

One man who's got his eyes on that digger is home favourite Louis Oosthuizen.

The 2010 Open champion said: 'I saw one of these on display at the start of this year during the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt.

'At the time I thought how useful one would be on my farm, so to have the chance of winning one for myself is a fantastic incentive.'

Sportsmail wonders if Monty has his eyes on that digger…

Volvo Golf Champions 2013: Live leaderboard

Volvo Golf Champions 2013 leaderboard: Keep up to date with the scores

By
Sportsmail Reporter

UPDATED:

12:01 GMT, 10 January 2013

The European Tour is at Durban Country Club in South Africa this week for the Volvo Golf Champions.

Branden Grace took first prize in this event at Fancourt last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Amazing Grace: South African Branden won the Volvo Golf Champions last year

Amazing Grace: South African Branden won the Volvo Golf Champions last year

Four-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie targets sailing"s Triple Crown

Four-time Olympic champion Ainslie targets sailing's Triple Crown

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UPDATED:

19:26 GMT, 16 August 2012

Ben Ainslie has outlined his plans to become the first sailor to win his sport's Triple Crown.

The four-time Olympic champion will
fly out to San Francisco on Friday to launch an assault on the America's
Cup, using the event as a tune-up for his fledgling Ben Ainslie Racing
team ahead of their own Cup challenge in 2015.

Ruling the waves: Ben Ainslie sails his Finn class dinghy Rita past Big Ben on the River Thames

Ruling the waves: Ben Ainslie sails his Finn class dinghy Rita past Big Ben on the River Thames

Only a handful of sailors have completed the Olympics- America's Cup double, but Ainslie, 35, is hoping to join that elite group before ultimately tackling the Volvo Ocean Race.

'There's a lot I want to do,' said Ainslie, who was sailing his Finn dinghy on the Thames to announce a major sponsorship deal with JP Morgan on Thursday.

Success: Ainslie and his four Olympic gold and one Olympic silver medals

Success: Ainslie and his four Olympic gold and one Olympic silver medals

'My immediate desire is to win the America's Cup. After that, I don't know. But the Volvo appeals to me. It's brutal but I would like to try to win it at some point.

'A few people have won two of the three – Olympics, Cup, Volvo – but not all three. It's all a long way off but it would be a nice thing to go for.'

Graeme McDowell and Nicolas Colsaerts into World Match Play final in Spain

McDowell sets up Match Play final duel with Colsaerts after seeing off Lawrie

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UPDATED:

13:28 GMT, 20 May 2012

Graeme McDowell and Nicolas Colsaerts will duel for the Volvo World Match Play title at Finca Cortesin in Spain after Paul Lawrie lost a four-hole lead in his semi-final.

The former Open champion won the first four holes against Belgian Colsaerts, but was hauled back to level by the 14th and after going in front again could not match his opponent's birdie on the last.

That meant sudden death and after Lawrie had narrowly missed from 18 feet on the first, the big-hitting Colsaerts got up and down again from just off the final green to go through.

On form: Graeme McDowell plays his second shot on the fourth hole during his win over Rafael Cabrera-Bello

On form: Graeme McDowell plays his second shot on the fourth hole during his win over Rafael Cabrera-Bello

McDowell won three of the first four against Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello, but as against Sergio Garcia in his quarter-final was taken to the last before winning.

After a one-hour lightning delay Cabrera-Bello birdied the 16th to be only one behind, but ran up a six at the 18th to lose by two holes.

Big hitter: Nicolas Colsaerts battled from four holes behind the beat Scotland's Paul Lawrie

Big hitter: Nicolas Colsaerts battled from four holes behind the beat Scotland's Paul Lawrie

The final began 20 minutes later, with McDowell saying: 'I just need my putting boots on.

'I've simply not putted well enough. I didn't want to see the 18th again, but I did.'

Branden Grace wins Volvo China Open

Grace eases to third Tour victory of the year after final-round 69 in China

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UPDATED:

10:42 GMT, 22 April 2012

Branden Grace claimed the Volvo China Open title as a final-round 69 left him three shots clear of the rest of the field.

The 23-year-old South African, who won two European Tour events on native soil at the start of the year, carded four birdies against one bogey to triumph at the Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin.

Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts was second after matching Grace's last-day round, while Englishman Richard Finch was third, a further shot back.

Amazing! Branden Grace celebrates with the trophy after his win in China

Amazing! Branden Grace celebrates with the trophy after his win in China

Grace, who won the Volvo Golf Champions and the Joburg Open earlier this year, came through the Tour qualifying school in the winter.

He was wayward off the first tee but recovered with a 15-foot par putt, while both he and Colsaerts birdied the second.

Grace bogeyed the par-four fourth, but he responded with birdies at the long sixth and struck his approach to five feet for another gain at the seventh.

Colsaerts birdied the seventh and ninth to move within two shots of Grace, but then bogeyed the 10th and saw his chances fade further with a Grace birdie at 12.

Second best: Nicolas Colsaerts was unable to overhaul Grace in China

Second best: Nicolas Colsaerts was unable to overhaul Grace in China

The South African parred the final six holes, while Colsaerts' birdie at the last allowed him to finish in outright second ahead of Finch.

The 34-year-old from Manchester moved up nine places to third with his six-under-par 66.

Grace told www.europeantour.com after his victory: 'I stayed really calm today.

'I kept hitting the ball well. I missed a couple of shots the first couple of holes but regrouped well and made the birdies where it counts on the par fives, and just stayed with it from there.

'I thought my first win was around the corner (this season). To have three before May is literally unbelievable, but I've been playing well so I've been feeling like I can win and I've been giving myself opportunities.'

'I'm definitely here to win every week I play now.'

Volvo Champions: Live leaderboard

Volvo Champions leaderboard: Keep up to date with the scores

The European Tour is at Fancourt in South Africa this week for the Volvo Champions.

Paul Casey triumphed when this event was played in Bahrain last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Winner: Paul Casey finished ahead of everybody else in 2011

Winner: Paul Casey finished ahead of everybody else in 2011

England must strive to be the Manchester United of Test cricket

England must strive to be the Manchester United of Test cricket

England have scaled cricketing
heights equivalent to Dubai's world's tallest building, the Burj
Khalifa, over the last 18 months but spinner Graeme Swann wants his team
to stay at the top of the Test tree for another 10 years or more.

As they head into this week's first
Test here against Pakistan, starting on Tuesday, the glaring gap on this
team's CV is a Test series win in the subcontinent (or in this case,
the Gulf) and Swann believes England's elevated status should spur the
team on.

Let's hope it's plain sailing in Dubai: Graeme Swann (glasses) and Alastair Cook enjoy a day trip to Abu Dhabi with the crew of the yacht Azzam, skippered by Briton Ian Walker, in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Let's hope it's plain sailing in Dubai: Graeme Swann (glasses) and Alastair Cook enjoy a day trip to Abu Dhabi with the crew of the yacht Azzam, skippered by Briton Ian Walker, in the Volvo Ocean Race.

'It does add an extra dimension of pressure but one we should thrive on and enjoy,' said Swann.

'I'm sure Manchester United have always been happy as the team being chased in England. That's the way we've got to see it. We've got to revel in being No 1 and try to stay there for a decade or so.'

England must decide whether to include Monty Panesar alongside Swann for the opener.

The two warm-up matches have confirmed that pitches here are conducive to spin, having been constructed from soil imported from Pakistan.

Play like United: Graeme Swann

Play like United: Graeme Swann

Far from feeling the pressure of expectation that the off-spinner should be the match-winner in such conditions, it is a scenario Swann relishes.

'It's nice to have a holiday during a home Test series when Jimmy Anderson's bowling like he did last year,' he said.

'But you do start to feel a bit shallow about it and a bit hollow when the victories have taken place and you've had no real part in them. You know me, I like to be the centre of attention and I like the plaudits. If you're a racing driver you want to win the race. You don't want to help your team-mate do it.'

England have been reluctant in the past to tamper with their tried and trusted Test attack of three pacemen and one spinner.

Panesar's last Test was the famous drawn Ashes Test of 2009 in Cardiff and Swann, who confirmed his left thigh is giving him no further problems following a scan, would love the chance to bowl in tandem with his former Northamptonshire team-mate again.

'Yes, I would,' said Swann. 'I've always advocated the use of two spinners. I love the rhythm and tempo the game takes with two spinners, the fact you have men around the bat, all close.

'It's great seeing Monty back and bowling so well. When he's bowling well like he did this week, it comes out of his hand so lovely and it fizzes and dips. Monty always tries to give it a rip and I loved watching him set fields the other day.'

Ian Poulter wins JBWere Masters in Melbourne

Poulter ends 2011 on a high with three-shot victory at JBWere Masters in Melbourne

Ian Poulter has secured a three-shot victory at the JBWere Masters in Melbourne.

The world number 28, who won the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain in May, finished on 15 under par for the tournament, with Australian Marcus Fraser on 12 under.

Another Australian, Geoff Ogilvy, was a shot further back.

Aussie rules: Poulter enjoys rounding off his year with victory in Melbourne

Aussie rules: Poulter enjoys rounding off his year with victory in Melbourne

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The only player apart from Poulter and Fraser to shoot four sub-par rounds, the ageless Peter Senior (70) shared fourth place at seven under with Adam Crawford (66), while world number one Luke Donald eased to the line with a 72 to sit alongside 2011 Australian Open and PGA champion Greg Chalmers at four under.

While “a little disappointed” with his finish, Donald said he was proud of his achievements in “an amazing year”.

Immediately after putting out for par at the 18th, a delighted Poulter shared his delight with his 1.2 million followers on Twitter: “winner winner chicken dinner … what a way to finish the year.”

He told his media conference that he regards the win, which has the added benefit of elevating his ranking from 28 into the world top 20, as “very special”.

“For me it was a pure ball-striking round of golf,” Poulter said. “(My concentration) was flawless the whole day. I was happy how I approached every shot.

Swing the zone: Poulter ends the year on a high, taking the applause from the crowd as he approaches the 18th hole (below)

Swing the zone: Poulter ends the year on a high, taking the applause from the crowd as he approaches the 18th hole (below)

Swing the zone: Poulter ends the year on a high, taking the applause from the crowd as he approaches the 18th hole (below)

“I hit my targets, it was fairly methodical, but for me it was a nice round of golf.”

Sunday”s final pairing was always going to provide the winner and Poulter signalled his intent with an eagle at the short 233-metre par-four opening hole that wiped out Ogilvy”s two-shot overnight lead in one devastating hit.

Poulter was forced to scramble to save his par at the second and third and appeared unfazed by the prospect of sinking a five-metre par-saver at the fifth to stay viable.

He seized the lead outright with a five-metre birdie putt at the seventh and extended it with another birdie at the 559-metre par-five ninth where he knocked his approach to within inches of the hole.

Thereafter it was just a matter of playing a solid back nine and the title was his.

Ogilvy had been the steadier of the two on the front nine, but failed to take his chances.

Putts that did not touch the sides during Saturday”s course record-equalling 63 simply refused to drop.

Fading challenge: Ogilvy (above) and Donald (below) fell short

Fading challenge: Ogilvy (above) and Donald (below) fell short

Fading challenge: Ogilvy (above) and Donald (below) fell short

Ogilvy churned out 12 successive pars before dropping shots at 13 and 15 which finished him off once and for all.

“Ian played very well and I didn”t,” was Ogilvy”s pithy summation of the final round I couldn”t make a birdie all day.

“I am disappointed, but what are you going to do”

Pipped by Chalmers in a play-off for the PGA at Coolum a fortnight back, Fraser was delighted with his second successive second placing.

“Anything is possible, but you have got Ian Poulter and Geoff Ogilvy up there in front of you and those guys are too good to mess it up,” Fraser said.

“I hit a lot of good shots this week and I am very happy with how I played. It would have been nice to hole a few extra putts at the start of the week, but I got my fair share today.”