Thursday 19 October 2017

75,000,000/1 odds! Paul McGinley's brother shoots three holes-in-one in six days

Michael McGinley poses outside the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club clubhouse. Photo courtesy: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Michael McGinley poses outside the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club clubhouse. Photo courtesy: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

Some golfers wait a lifetime for an ace, some golfers never hit one but the brother of one of Ireland's best-known golfers has done it three times in less than a week.

Michael McGinley, the brother of last year's victorious European Ryder Cup captain, tamed the par threes at the world-class Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

The Dubliner who lives in the United Arab Emirates where he works in the duty free industry, got the ball rolling on February 12 when he sank his approach to the fourth hole.

Just over 24 hours later, he repeated the feat at the par three fifth and, incredibly, four days later he made it a hat-trick of aces at the eighth.

Three hole-in-ones on three separate holes at the same course. The odds for such an achievement are said to be 75,000,000/1.

Michael plays off a plus-one handicap and is well known in amateur circles in Ireland.

“It is an amazing feeling. I had a hole in one when I was 15 years old and haven’t had one since,” McGinley said. “To have three in six days is just incredible and something that I will definitely never forget. Achieving two holes in one in two days was something special, however the third really is unbelievable.”

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