With most of the players looking to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, there is a life line for those who make it to the Saturday and Sunday rounds where they will be given the chance to win $2.5 million just by getting an hole-in-one. The notorious 17th hole is well-known for its short but deceiving distance which means the longer drivers on tour will look at this hole as a great hole to get some birdies on the card.
The first two rounds the hole will play 359 yards and more like a par 4, whereas on the final two rounds the hole will be shortened to 325 yards with the chance to win $2.5 million. The prize fund for getting a hole-in-one is the equivalent of that of the whole competition with the winner of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic only receiving a payout of $303,268. It may seem easy enough for the big hitters, however the whole itself is a slight dogleg right meaning you unable to see the green and unable to see the flag making the tee shot even more daunting. Those who are in contention of winning may play a bit cautious and hit down the left and go for a birdie or par, but with those lagging behind may feel it is too good an opportunity to miss and may pull out the driver from the bag and cut the corner. The players must be able to hit directly over numerous bushes, dry land and palm trees to make it anywhere near the green, which could leave the players a little red-faced.