Seven golfers gear up for million dollar shoot-out at the Masters

Seven lucky golfers are heading to this week’s Masters to battle it out for a million dollars – all hoping they can land another ace to change their life. 

Essex golfers James Jensen, 17, and Mark Fairman, 48, will be joined in Augusta by Mike Kelly, 53, from Carlisle, Gary Conforth, 59, Manchester, Gavin Scott, 63, from Edinburgh, David Mullins, 29, Ireland, and Miroslav Ševčík, 50, from Brno in the Czech Republic.

The finalists qualified for the Million Dollar Hole in One (MDHIO) grand shoot-out after sinking a hole-in-one at various courses across Europe. Their timely shot has earned them a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the first Major of the year and a chance to shoot for a $1m jackpot at a nearby course.

Their action-packed itinerary, which includes exclusive parties and events, will see the finalists jet off for their all-expense covered trip to America this Thursday, April 11, 2019, courtesy of MDHIO.

Each finalist receives a day ticket to the Masters on Saturday, with the trip also including rounds at the Columbia Country Club and at The Reserve Club – one of South Carolina’s top courses – where they will also contest the MDHIO final on Masters Sunday.

MDHIO director Martin Tyrrell said: “I think most of the finalists have forgotten that they even have a chance to win $1m – as they’re all so excited to just be going to the Masters! It really is a once-in-a-lifetime trip and we are delighted that we can provide it for these worthy golfers.

“It’s going to be a fantastic occasion with the opportunity to win a huge amount of cash – they’re just one shot away from changing their life forever.”

The MDHIO challenge has been running since 1990 in the USA and since 2000 in Europe, and sees more than 50,000 people each year trying their luck at more than 40 par-three holes on courses across Portugal, mainland Spain and Mallorca.

Each golfer pays €10 to enter and can also win a variety of golf-related prizes for landing on the green, with only the people that shoot aces invited to the trip and the MDHIO final.

The current MDHIO season is underway across Europe, with competitors shooting for the chance to win a trip to the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

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