Professional golfer Andy Sullivan didn't end up with the winning purse at last week's KLM Open tournament in the Netherlands, but he definitely walked away with the best prize.
During the 15th and final round, the 28-year-old Brit used a 9-iron to score a beautiful hole-in-one — and a trip to space. As often happens in tournaments, special prizes are given for players who can achieve the rare shot. In this case, XCOR Space Expeditions offered a future trip aboard one of its Lynx mark I or II spaceships. The first commercial flights, expected to soar to an altitude of 103 kilometers (310,000 feet) above Earth, will begin next year. Ticket prices are expected to range between $95,000 and $115,000.
“With this prize we wish to create awareness among the public that space is now also accessible for everyone,” said Michiel Mol, the CEO of XCOR Space Expeditions, just prior to the start of the tournament. "Journeys into space can be made starting from the end of 2015. We already have 300 bookings."
According to ESPN, when asked by reporters if he would take XCOR up on the prize, Sullivan quipped: "I'll see what the missus says."
Check out his out-of-this-world shot below.