The tournament may not have come out exactly as hoped, but five magical minutes in the Alfred Dunhill Championship have given Deyen Lawson an unexpected Christmas bonus.
The Geelong professional, who played his fourth European Tour event after winning his card at Q-School in November, ended in a shared 47th in the last stage of the South African swing before the tour took a one-month break seizure
Lawson had stumbled into the Leopard Creek Country Club in the early stages of the last round and dropped out of his overnight stop at T60 with four bogeys through 10 holes
But even birds on the 11th and 14th holes were no sign of what would come.
An eagle on par par. 15 brought him in one fell swoop, but with an 8-iron of 152 m on the par-three 16th his day went to a whole new level.
The former Curlewis intern landed his tee-shot about 4 meters shy of his target, but he never wavered from the back right pin and trickled in for his first hole-in-one as a European Tour pro.
And, closing a memorable year for Lawson, whether he saves or sells it, he won a car that is valued at more than $ 200,000 when BMW in Australia releases its 8-series range sometime next year.
It certainly puts the 7500 euros he made for his one-over-total in the shadow.