TANIHARA LANDS NEW VOLVO WITH HOLE-IN-ONE AT 2018 VOLVO CHINA OPEN

Japan's Hideto Tanihara picked up the keys to a brand-new Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum today (April 26) thanks to a brilliant hole-in-one on the opening day of the 2018 Volvo China Open, staged at Beijing Huairou Topwin Golf and Country Club.

On offer to the first player to ace the 212-yard, par three 16th, the Swedish car found a new home thanks to a spectacular eight iron tee shot from the 39-year-old Japanese star.

Tanihara, who received the keys of his luxury SUV from Sven De Smet, Chairman of the board of directors of the Volvo China Open, said he was delighted with the first major hole-in-one prize of his career.

"I've probably had six in my life and only three in tournament play, but I've never won anything like this car before," he smiled. "I had no other thought but to play eight iron, which I hit perfectly. I knew it was a good shot but didn't expect it to go in the hole."

De Smet said he was delighted to see yet another hole-in-one winner at Chinese golf's national open championship.

“Last year we had two holes-in-one by Ryan Dillon and Ross Fisher, but neither was on the 16th so we are delighted to see the prize won this year.

"It’s always a pleasure for us to be able to reward one of the golfers for what is one of the most memorable moments of the week and we trust that Hideto will enjoy many years of wonderful motoring in his new Volvo.”

Tanihara's eagle on the 16th helped him end the day with a level par 70. There have now been 13 holes-in-one at the Volvo China Open since 2005.

(2018-04-26 Beijing)

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