By John Strege
Final round, 17th hole, one-stroke lead. A 325-yard par 4, a hole-in-one prize of $2.5 million. Do you go for it?
"There are not many chances you have to win $2.5 million in one shot, so I'll give it a go," Rory McIlroy said according to this Reuters report. McIlroy is playing in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club beginning on Thursday.
Tournament organizers, for the last two rounds only, are offering the sum, which equals the total tournament purse and far exceeds the $414,383 offered the tournament winner, though not necessarily the appearance fees a few players, including McIlroy and Tiger Woods, no doubt received.
"If you're confident enough with your driver, why not?" McIlroy said. "It might not even be a driver. If they move the tee up, it's only going to play 295 or 300 yards. It's a 3-wood. Why not?"
The listed yardage for the 17th is 359 yards and it is a dogleg right that requires cutting the corner for the adventurous.