Bunker Mentality

Amateur golfer’s million dollar hole-in-one caught on video

Bunker Mentality

Getting a hole-in-one is a dream for every golfer. Even some tour pros have never enjoyed the special thrill of getting an ace, while most amateurs go their entire lives without ever seeing the ball disappear into the cup from the tee.

In other words it's amazing enough even when there's nothing riding on it. So how must it feel when an average hacker gets a hole-in-one with $1,000,000 at stake?

The man to ask about that is Jeff Barton, an amateur golfer from New Mexico who was playing in a charity tournament at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club near Albuquerque when he sank the amazing shot that you can watch in the video above.

Barton's £640,000 shot came at Paa-Ko Ridge's ninth hole, normally a long par-4, but which had been shortened to around 150 yards to allow the million dollar challenge hole to be played out in full view of the clubhouse.

That meant that Barton had a big audience - one of whom had their camera phone handy to record the 45,000-to-1 shot for posterity.

As for the organisers of the £65-a-head golf day? Don't be too worried about them. The pay-out was covered by their insurance policy.

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Jeff Barton's ball in the bottom of the cup (Mackenzie Bishop, @abrazomack)

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