Pair of aces leads to two giveaway cars

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

The good folks at BMW Canada were feeling a bit poorer yesterday.

The high-end automobile manufacturer is offering a 2009 BMW Z4 Roadster (retail price $61,900) to any player who can sink a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th hole. Yesterday, India's Arjun Atwal and American Briny Baird both used eight irons to ace the 15th.

Curiously, Atwal was involved in a fatal crash, possibly associated with street racing, on SR 535, in Kissimmee, Fla., on March 10, 2007, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Atwal was not injured, and after a year of investigation, the case was closed with no charges filed. Atwal was driving a BMW M6 coupe at the time.

On Thursday, Joe Durant of the U.S. recorded an ace on the par-3 seventh, 147 yards, hitting an 8-iron to spin it back into the hole.

Rain not rare

The suspension of play on Thursday marked the 11th PGA event this season to suspend play.

Mst recently, the John Deere Classic suspended the entire second-round because of a dangerous weather situation.

What's another day?

Jamie Lovemark, who was scheduled to tee it up on Thursday in his first PGA Tour event as a pro, had to wait until yesterday to do so because of the weather-related suspension on Thursday. He teed off at 1:40 p.m. and shot a 74.

As an amateur, Lovemark previously had played in eight PGA Tour events, spanning back to 2006. His best finish of those eight was a tie for 39th place at the 2008 Buick Invitational.

The 2009 RBC Canadian Open will mark his first start on the PGA Tour this season.

A dozen plus three

There are 15 Canadians competing in the 2009 Canadian Open, including sponsor exemptions Nick Taylor and Matt Hill.

Ranked as the world's No. 1 amateur, Taylor recently finished tied for 36th at the U.S. Open. Hill, who is the second highest-ranked amateur in the world, recently won the NCAA dhampionship.


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