A German golfer with a handicap of 49 (imagine giving shots in the club matchplay to someone off 49!) came within inches of becoming an instant millionaire in the nail-biting climax to Odyssey’s ‘Putt for one million Euros’ promotion staged at the beautiful Els Club in Dubai.
“It was one of the most nervous, yet exciting, times of my life. It’s a shame the ball didn’t go in but I’ve had an amazing time and met some of the best golfers in the world. I may not have holed the putt for a million euro, but I still feel like a winner.”
Golfers from Sweden, France, Spain and Italy also took part after they correctly ‘spotted the ball’ in the online competition to winning their once-in-a-lifetime trip to Dubai to shoot for a million and meet their idols. Finalists from the UK were Bryan Swift from Bootle, Merseyside, Jeff Castle from Morden, Surrey and Steve Biring from Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire.
All were then flown out to Dubai as part of Callaway Golf’s red carpet treatment. They also got the chance to meet Callaway Staff Professionals Ernie Els, Nick Dougherty, Alvaro Quiros, Oliver Wilson, Graeme McDowell and Alexander Noren.
Neil Howie, president of Callaway Golf Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “The Odyssey promotion has been a resounding success. To give a golfer a chance to change their life with a single putt is an amazing experience. It’s a shame we're not writing that cheque.”
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