World Cup of Golf: Stuart Manley follows hole-in-one with an 11 in Melbourne
Last Updated: 23/11/13 1:57pm
Stuart Manley experienced ecstasy and disappointment in the space of a few minutes during the World Cup in Australia.
Welshman Stuart Manley experienced ecstasy and acute disappointment in the space of a few minutes during day three of the World Cup in Australia.
The 34-year-old followed a hole-in-one at the 176-yard, par-three, third by taking 11 shots on the very next hole to slip out of contention with a massive thud.
His third day one-over-par 72 left him in a tie-for-eighth - seven shots behind leader Jason Day - but it could and should have been much better for Manley.
Birdies at the opening two holes, followed by his ace at the third, had swept him into second spot in the leaderboard.
"I thought the car was mine, and with the crowd, all the hype, I was just buzzing. The adrenaline was pumping so much, I could have flown to the green. Then I found out about the car, and go and have an 11."
However, on the par-four fourth, his round at Royal Melbourne unravelled just as quickly as it had started.
His approach at this hole went into a greenside bunker, while his third shot went off the back of the green.
His chip back rolled off the front of the putting surface and into a gully and, from there, it took him four more attempts to get the ball back on to the green.
The world No 346 eventually three-putted and, after being second on the leaderboard 15 minutes earlier, he slipped back into a tie-for-15th.
And what made it all the more disappointing was that he thought his hole-in-one at the third had won him a car.
First, he patted the top of the Mercedes Benz before doing high-fives with a number of spectators as he walked down the fairway.
However, on arriving at the green, he discovered that the car was only available for a hole-in-one during Sunday's final round.
A dejected Manley said: "I thought the car was mine, and with the crowd, all the hype, I was just buzzing.
"The adrenaline was pumping so much, I could have flown to the green.
"Then I found out about the car, and go and have an 11. I kept asking my caddie, 'How many shots is that now?' I actually thought it was a 10 but I was not going to argue, because my head was pretty fried at that point, to be honest."
The Aberdare golfer also posted a message on Twitter asking Mercedes to re-consider and award him the car.