Golf

Duncan Stewart wins BMW M3 with hole in one in India

14th March 2017

Duncan Stewart may not have made the cut at last week’s Hero Indian Open but he returned to Scotland as one of the week’s happier players. A hole-in-one at the 178-yard par-three fifth meant that the Scotsman ended the week driving home in a brand-new BMW M3!

At an event where only seven of the field carded under-par scores for the week, Duncan was, like many others, fighting to make the cut midway through his second round. Approaching the par-five on six-over-par, the 32-year-old was hovering around the cut and knew that he needed a big-final push if he were to progress into the second half of the week.

Using a six-iron, it was at the fifth where Stewart holed out from the tee marking the first and only ace of the week, and with it earning himself a brand-new BMW – even if he didn’t realise until he had got to the green!

“The round wasn’t going great until then and it was a real surprise. I didn’t celebrate straight away as I wasn’t sure if the car was available in second round or not. But once I got to the green, I was told the news and was over the moon.”

The achievement provided one of the high-points of a week where players toiled away on one of the most difficult courses to grace the European Tour circuit. A difficult back-nine followed for the Scot as he eventually missed the cut by a single-shot. A disappointment that was tempered by what he was able take home with him.

“I am absolutely delighted to win the BMW M3 as it’s a car I have always liked. It certainly was a nice, little bonus especially after missing the cut by one.”

The achievement evidences the improved form Stewart has been displaying in recent weeks. Finishing in the top-fifteen of the 2016 Road to Oman, this year marks his first full season on Europe’s premier golfing tour and the Scotsman has enjoyed strong performances in recent weeks – most notably with a T18 finish at the Tshwane Open.

Stewart enjoys a well-deserved break over the next few weeks after what has been a jam-packed period for the likeable Scot. Having concluded his Challenge Tour season in early November, the 32-year-old headed to Australia to represent Scotland in the World Cup of Gold before getting his European Tour campaign underway just a week later.

Now with a four-week break before heading into the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco, Stewart has plenty of time to get out on the road.