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Lighting strikes twice for Horne



Keith Horne proved that lightning can strike twice as he sunk his second hole-in-one in as many days on his way to a four-under-par round of 68 on the third day of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane on Saturday.

Horne nailed his first ace on Friday thanks to a perfectly struck eight iron on the 189-yard par three 12th hole.

The 41-year-old Horne then proceeded to repeat the feat during his third round. Not surprisingly Horne was chuffed with his achievement.

“It was the same club, but the wind was different, so I had to hit a full eight-iron this time. It was in all the way – never looked like missing. It went in a bit faster this time, so I didn’t get to admire it as much as yesterday, but this one got the adrenaline going much more,” he smiled.

“I’ve been going for game drives and I’ve seen lion in the tree, leopard with my family. I’ve had the freakiest week so far, and two holes in one just makes it worse,” he quipped.

Horne’s back-to back-aces did come with one downside as he missed out on a BMW Gran Coupe with the luxury vehicle only being available for a hole in one on the 12th hole during the final round.

However, the sponsors saw fit to reward Horne for his achievement by presenting him with a BMW 5 series after his round.

“I had a feeling this whole year that I was going to hit a hole-in-one and get a car. It was just one of those weird feelings. I certainly wasn’t aiming because the car was on offer, I was just trying to hit the best shot I could.

“Yesterday was a little frustrating, but today was just funny that it went in again. I didn’t really feel that devastated. Mr. (Johan) Rupert came up to me on 17 and phoned BMW and said that they’re going to give me the car anyway,” he said.

Horne said the chances of making it three holes-in-one in three days were slim.

“I’m not looking forward to tomorrow’s tee shot at 12. I’m going to feel so much pressure standing over that shot – I’ll be lucky if I hit the green!”

Horne was on course for a stunning round but a double-bogey on the par-five 18th hole set him back. Despite his poor finish Horne’s round saw him move into the top 10 with the chance of a strong final place in the final round.

“I’m really gutted with the 18th hole. I’ve played much better today than the last two days. Today I got unlucky with a couple of shots, which were just a foot out. It could have been even better. To finish with a seven is very disappointing.

“It was just a terrible decision off the tee. I tried to hit a soft driver. You can’t go for the green in two, the wind was straight into us. I should have just hit a three-wood or a two-iron off the tee.

"I finished under the lip of the bunker and had to try to hit a sand wedge up and over. I left myself with a six-iron in for the third, made a bad swing and made seven...quickly,” he concluded.

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