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Jordan Smith, caddy wins cars after ace at Genesis Scottish Open

Jordan Smith, caddy wins cars after ace at Genesis Scottish Open

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland – A hole-in-one on Friday didn’t just help Jordan L. Smith compete in the Genesis Scottish Open. It also landed him and his caddy, Sam Matton, a car.

Smith hit a 6-iron into the hole at the 193-yard, par-3 17th as part of a second round 69 at The Renaissance Club. Smith’s 36-hole total of 3-under 137 matched the best score among players on the more difficult half of the draw. Xander Schauffele, Matt Fitzpatrick and Kurt Kitayama also shot 3 under par after the start of the tournament in the more difficult conditions on Thursday afternoon.

“We talked about it all week and said the pin could have a good shot at a hole-in-one there. It just happened today,” Smith said. “Heat 6-iron and the wind howled from the right. Everything to the right of the pin would catch the slope and luckily enough it did. Even though we couldn’t see it, the audience went crazy.”

Smith won a Genesis Electrified GV70, a luxury mid-size SUV, and Matton won a Genesis GV60, an electric crossover.

Smith and Matton have been friends since they grew up in Wiltshire, England, which is best known as the home of Stonehenge. Matton was also an usher at Smith’s wedding.

Smith, 29, owns one win on the DP World Tour, at the 2017 Porsche European Open. He was a member of the Walker Cup team of Great Britain and Ireland in 2013 before winning the Order of Merit on the EuroPro Tour in 2015 and the European Challenge Tour in 2016. He is 13th in the DP World Tour Ranking this year thanks to two second places and is 122nd in the world ranking.