James Heath aces 16th hole, wins ‘supercar’ at BMW International – Yahoo Sports (blog)

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014

James Heath made a hole-in-one on the 16th hole on Sunday at the BMW International Open in Cologne, Germany, and as a reward, ended up driving home in what’s touted to be the world’s most advanced driving machine, a BMW i8, a $135,700 supercar designed for maximum eco appeal with styling from the 23rd century.

Considering the last time Heath had a hole-in-one, he barely received a pat on the back from tourney sponsors, however this time, he’s powering down the Autobahn in this hard-to-find plug-in electric hybrid — that can hustle to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds with the help of a 129-hp electric motor driving the front wheels and a turbocharged,1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with 228 hp driving the rear axle, go figure.

Read more: Driving the BMW i8, the world’s most advanced car

As for the BMW International itself, the big winner was Fabrizio Zanotti who won a four-way playoff to take the title Sunday and become the first player from Paraguay to win on the European Tour.

Zanotti won when No. 2-ranked Henrik Stenson conceded after failing to make a bunker shot on the fifth playoff hole. Gregory Havret of France and Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain went out on the second and fourth holes, respectively.

Stenson came close to snatching victory before the playoff but settled for par on the last hole. The Swede made up for two bogeys with five birdies and an eagle. He came agonizingly close to ending the playoff at the first hole.

Cabrera-Bello earned his playoff place with a birdie-eagle-birdie finish. He almost made an eagle to end the playoff at the third hole as rain began falling.

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