Matt Kuchar got his car.
You may recall that during the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai last week, Kuchar aced the par-3 17th hole where a new Cadillac was being awarded to any player that made a hole-in-one there.
Then came the fine print.
According to the rules, the hole had to measure at least 200 yards. When Kuchar aced it, the 17th measured just 193 yards.
Close, but no new car.
After learning what happened, Cadillac – the official vehicle and sponsor of WGC events through 2016 – offered Kuchar the Cadillac of his choice.
Kuchar, whose caddie John Wood told him before the shot that the hole wasn’t long enough to qualify for a new car should he make an ace, jokingly called it the “saddest” ace in his life.
“Certainly this is no longer the saddest hole-in-one of my life,” Kuchar said in a statement. “My 9-year-old son recently asked me if I’d ever made a hole-in-one to win a car and I’ll be happy to now tell him that I have. Cadillac has long supported the game of golf and this type of gesture shows why they are a respected company in the industry.”
Cadillac gave Kuchar his choice of vehicles and he took a 2017 Escalade.