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5, fore, 3, 2, 1, blastoff - Golfer wins trip into space with hole in one

Andy Sullivan won a prize that’s out of this world today

An artist's impression of the Lynx spacecraft.
An artist's impression of the Lynx spacecraft.
Image: XCOR

SOMETIMES, HITTING A hole in one ensures you’ve to buy a round of drinks at the 19th hole. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the prize might be a holiday or a car.

Today, on the 15th hole of the KLM Dutch Open, England’s Andy Sullivan won a prize that’s out of this world.

By acing the par three, Sullivan has won the $100,000 prize of a trip into space aboard the Lynx Mark 1 operated by XCOR Aerospace.

The company’s website describes the spacecraft as: “A two-seat, piloted space transport vehicle will take humans and payloads on a half-hour suborbital flight to 100 km (330,000 feet) and then return to a landing at the takeoff runway.”

A replica model of the Lynx has been stationed beside the 15th tee-box all week.

Sullivan’s compatriot Paul Casey still leads the tournament on -15, three shots ahead of the future astronaut and Simon Dyson.

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