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Dredge hole-in-one worth considerably more than other aces

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Dredge hole-in-one worth considerably more than other aces
FILE PHOTO: Bradley Dredge from Wales reacts on the second hole during the final day of the International Golf Open in Moosinning-Eichenried near Munich June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle   -   Copyright  Michaela Rehle(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – There were two more hole-in-ones at the Scottish Open on Friday, making it four in two rounds, but one was worth considerably more than the others.

Bradley Dredge drove off with a new BMW X7 valued at nearly 100,000 pounds ($125,730), thanks to his ace at the 203-yard 17th hole at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

The other three aces, by Trevor Immelman and Kalle Samooja on Thursday and Stuart Manley on Friday, came at the 15th, where no vehicle was on offer.

Dredge said it was his first hole-in-one in competition, and his 10th overall.

“It’s been quite a few years coming,” said the Welshman.

“Nice to do it here. I got a very nice car by BMW, so pleased with that.”

Dredge joked that his ace at a “proper hole” rightly deserved a greater reward than the other three at the shorter 15th.

“That was on a easy hole, 15,” he said.

“Today, at least the pin position (on 17) was in quite a friendly position. It was a comfortable five-iron.”

Dredge’s shot landed about 10 yards in front of the flag and rolled right into the middle of the cup.

“I couldn’t actually see it going in but I could tell from the crowd’s reaction,” he said.

The effort helped him to an eight-under-par 63, though he still a long way back, eight strokes from the halfway lead, shared by Bernd Wiesberger, Lee Slattery and Erik van Rooyen.

The 46-year-old Dredge is a two-times winner on the European Tour.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Christian Radnedge)