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Sullivan’s hole-in-one is out of this world

European Tour pro Andy Sullivan may be ranked just 216th in the world, but he really is heading for the stars … or at least he could be after his ace in last weekend’s KLM Open won him a trip into space.

The 28-year-old, from Nuneaton, scored a hole-in-one on the Kennemer Golf & Country Club’s 163-yard, 15th hole, on Sunday, and won a £100,000 tourist trip into outer space. The prize had been put up by XCOR Space Expeditions.

The US space-flight company will be giving space tourists the chance to travel beyond the Earth’s atmosphere in 2016 and used the event to promote its business and its Lynx mark I and II spaceships.

XCOR Space Expeditions’ Michiel Mol said: “With this prize we wish to create awareness among the public that space is now also accessible for everyone. Journeys into space can be made starting from the end of 2015. We already have 300 bookings.”

Everyone, that is, who has around £100,000 to spend on a weekend break …

Sullivan, who finished third in the event, remained unsure whether he would make a temporary career switch from Tour pro to astronaut.

“I’m not sure yet,” he said. “I’ll see what the missus says…”

  • Picture above shows Michiel Mol, of XCOR Space Expeditions, and Daan Slooter, tournament director of the KLM Open, next to the model of the Lynx Mark I spacecraft by the 15th hole 

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