VIDEO: Hole-in-one worth $1 million at Australian PGA Championship

The par-3 16th hole at RACV Royal Pines Resort will be the most eagerly anticipated golf hole at the Australian PGA Championship, held 1-4 December.

Named the Soniq Million Dollar Hole, the 16th hole will give every player the opportunity to win AU$500,000, plus AU$500,000 in prizes for a golf fan. The reward is large but the challenge is easy; the first player to ace the par-3 16th hole during the final round will walk away with AU$500,000.


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The lucky fan assigned to the player will also receive half a million in cash and prizes.  Soniq will run a competition in the lead up the Australian PGA Championship to align fans with each Professional in the field.

“This is the second year that we are offering a million dollar prize for a hole-in-one on the 16th at RACV Royal Pines Resort,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. “Last year the 16th became the centre of attention for golf fans with everyone flocking to the green to see if a player could pull off the lucrative feat.This year with the support of our partner Soniq we have big plans for the Soniq Million Dollar Hole with even more entertainment and hospitality planned for fans.”

The Soniq Million Dollar Hole will see the drama unfold as players take on the risk reward strategy of holing out from the tee. But as fans wait anxiously to see if the million dollar prize will will go off, there will be live entertainment keeping the buzz alive on the Soniq Million Dollar Hole.

“We are delighted to have extended our involvement with the Australian PGA Championship especially to be hosting the Soniq Million Dollar Hole which will be a hive of excitement during the tournament,” said Song Su, General Manager of Soniq. “A hole in one is something every golfer dreams of but the excitement and anticipation of that achievement being rewarded with a million dollar prize and golf fans being able to share in that will see the Australian PGA Championship come alive at the Soniq Million Dollar Hole.”

The Soniq Million Dollar Hole has already captured the attention of some of the world’s best golfers including World Number 8 Adam Scott, who today announced he would be returning to the Gold Coast for the 2016 Australian PGA Championship. “I am coming home and I can’t wait be back in Queensland for the Australian PGA Championship,” said Scott. “But it’s the Million Dollar Hole that has my attention; I can’t wait to have a crack at acing the par-3 16th. It’s going to be an exciting week on the Gold Coast.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the Million Dollar Hole would add more anticipation and excitement to the prestigious tournament. “It’s an exciting addition that was certainly a big hit with fans last year,” Minister Jones said.“The 16th will be the place to be again as fans revel in the atmosphere and the anticipation of someone scoring an ace and pocketing the prize. I am delighted that the concept is back to entice more fans to visit the Gold Coast and enjoy what is a fantastic event for Queensland.”

The Australian PGA Championship will be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 1-4 December and will be co-sanctioned by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour for the second consecutive year. Visit the Australian PGA Championship website at www.pgachampionship.com.au for further details.

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