How would you go on a pro par 3?

THE thought of trying to match the pros on one of their interminable 550 yard par 4’s would not be every amateur’s cup of tea but how about the short par 3’s?

Many amateurs have no doubt thought they wouldn’t go too badly on some of the holes they see on TV.

The European Tour decided to give the idea legs during the KLM Open last week with a “Beat the Pro” challenge.

At the stadium seating par-3 14th hole one amateur got the chance to tee it up in each group in a closest to the hole contest.

Amateurs not only had the hole to contend with but the pressure of a raucous crowd.

Whilst some amateurs did manage to give the hole a scare, for others it was more the crowd ducking and weaving avoiding wayward balls, as can be seen in the video.


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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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