DUBAI - Rory McIlroy's heart could have missed a beat on Sunday when he saw his tee-shot at the 17th hole of the Dubai Desert Classic dart off in the direction of the hole.
For on offer for an unlikely hole-in-one at the short par-four is a world record $2.5million (1.83million euros).
The tee was brought forward some 25 yards to stand at 325 yards, well within the distance of most of today's top pros.
But there is an array of trouble from trees, sand and desert bush short of the green to get over first.
McIlroy's drive made a beeline for the hole, bounced on the front fringe, but sped past the hole to nestle in the light rough near the back.
"Yeah, could have paid for a wedding!" he quipped afterwards, referring to his upcoming nuptials to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, who has walked with him on all three rounds at Dubai so far.
"You know when it went in the air, I knew it was going to be somewhere around the green and it got up there. I saw the pitchmark and obviously it just ran by the hole on the right.
"It's a great shot to get it on that green and try and get it in the hole. I'll go for it again tomorrow and see what happens."
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