It’s not often fans leave golf tournaments with more money than they had when they got there, but some spectators at The Greenbrier Classic are cashing in.
Not long after George McNeill aced the par-3 18th on Thursday morning, Justin Thomas did the same thing in the afternoon.
And, thanks to Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier, the aces are making some spectators go home with thick wallets. The tournament is holding a promotion where spectators in the bleachers and on the lawn area at the 18th earn cash for every hole-in-one made at that hole, and the prize keeps getting bigger. McNeill’s ace gave the fans $100, and for Thomas’ they took home $500. The first round isn’t even over and some fans have already made $600 watching golf. The 18th should stay packed with spectators all week, especially since the next hole-in-one calls for $1,000 per fan.
Using a pitching wedge from 137 yards, McNeill picked up his second hole-in-one at The Greenbrier in as many rounds, having dunked a tee shot on the par-3 eighth during last year’s event. In a heartbreaking twist, McNeill would find out after shooting a final-round 61 in 2014 that his sister had died earlier that day.
George McNeill had the best and worst day of his career at last year’s @The_Greenbrier. Shot 61 the day his sister died. Today, he aced 18.
— Grant Boone (@grantboone) July 2, 2015
— StateJournalJW (@StateJournalJW) July 2, 2015
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 2, 2015
It doesn’t stop there. As part of a season-long program sponsored by Quicken Loans, a hole-in-one at any Tour event means a year’s worth of mortgage payments for a lucky fan. That’s two already at The Greenbrier.
So folks, if you’re at The Greenbrier Classic this weekend, head to the 18th hole.