Li Hao-tong, Wu Ashun, Bernd Wiesberger and the rest of the 156-man line-up will have an added incentive for recording a hole-in-one at the 2017 Volvo China Open this week – a brand new Volvo V90 Cross Country, courtesy of the tournament’s title sponsor.

Valued at RMB 479,800, the Volvo V90CC is on offer to the first player to make a hole-in-one on the 212-yard, par-three 16th at Beijing’s Topwin Golf and Country Club and is in addition to the tournament’s total prize fund of RMB 20 million.  

“As the title sponsor of the Volvo China Open, it is also our aim to supply the tournament with a hole-in-one prize that truly reflects the tournament’s status,” said Sven De Smet, Chairman of Volvo China Open Board and Vice President of Brand & Marketing of Volvo Cars Asia Pacific.

Described as “a rugged yet refined high-riding luxury wagon merging the most luxurious interpretation of Scandinavian design with a vast range of sophisticated infotainment and safety technologies and an advanced powertrain”, the Volvo V90CC on offer to the players will be on display alongside the 16th tee box.

One of the most exciting moments in any golf tournament, a hole-in-one is eagerly celebrated by players and fans alike. But how likely is it that a professional golfer will make a hole-in-one?

According to a study by Boston University mathematician Francis Scheid, Ph.D., on behalf of Golf Digest and National Hole in One, which provides hole-in-one insurance for tournaments, the odds of a pro making a hole-in-one are a testing 2,500 to 1 – but still a lot more likely than for the everyday amateur golfer whose odds are a staggering 12,500 to 1.

Figures also show that from an estimated 490 million rounds of golf played per year there are 150,000 holes-in-one, while from 1983-2003 there were 631 aces recorded on the US PGA Tour.

Obviously the actual odds of making an ace depend on the quality of the player and the difficulty of the hole but a stroke of luck can always beat the odds… see you on the 16th!




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