WADE ORMSBY would probably rather have been left holding the winner’s trophy at the 2015 KLM Open but at least the Aussie golfer will be able to console himself and celebrate his top ten finish after winning a year’s supply of beer with a hole in one.
After a five week layoff the South Australian returned to tournament golf in The Netherlands with a sizzling 9-under 61 in the first round to hold the joint lead.
The exceptional form didn’t quite hold though, with Ormsby shooting a 1-under 69 in the final round to finish on 14-under and T10.
That was five strokes behind winner Thomas Pieters (65) of Belgium, who won by just one stroke to claim his second European Tour title just two weeks after winning his first at the Czech Masters.
Runners-up were England’s Lee Slattery (68), who won the Russian Open last week and Spain’s Eduardo de la Riva (63).
But it was Ormsby’s antics in the third round at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club that might be the lingering concern.
After posting a double bogey at the 10th hole Ormsby bounced back on the 227-yard par-3 11th hole with an ace, later admitting he hit his 7 iron “thin”.
“You’re not supposed to say that when you get a hole-in-one but I did catch it thin, so I will still take it,” he said after what was a record 41 aces on the European Tour this year.
“I didn’t see the ball all the way as the shot was right on my eye line but then given the crowd’s reaction I knew it had found the bottom of the cup so it was a real bonus given I took a double at the previous hole.”
It was Ormsby’s third career tournament ace and his big immediate problem was how to get the year’s supply of Warsteiner beer back home to Adelaide.
“I don’t know how we will do it, but I am sure there is a way, and I know come Christmas time there will be plenty of friends knocking on my door looking for a beer,” he said.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) September 12, 2015