Korn Ferry Tour player Chris Naegel gifted BMW for hole-in-one in Portland after ace mix-up
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Korn Ferry Tour player Chris Naegel gifted BMW for hole-in-one in Portland after ace mix-up

Chris Naegel had his hands in the air, celebrating a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th hole at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in the final round of last week's 2019 WinCo Foods Portland Open on the Korn Ferry Tour.

After all, a BMW had been parked near the tee box on the hole, in the typical position where a pro figures they're gonna get the car if they make an ace. But, that was a case of mistaken marketing. Even though Naegel had a 1 on the card (something new gambling sites would give you great odds on happening), he didn't have keys in his hand. The car wasn't on offer for a hole-in-one. Naegel was understandably disappointed. He tweeted his dismay a few times, including that he was buying drinks for the ace but didn't get the Ultimate Driving Machine.

And then on Wednesday, things changed. Thanks to three area dealerships -- Kuni BMW, BMW Portland and BMW of Salem -- and the tournament, Naegel was given a two-year lease on a BMW X3. It's a little smaller than the X7 that was parked behind the tee box, but that's still a really sweet deal.

Naegel was naturally very happy to be a recipient of a new Beamer, coming off a career-best fourth-place finish in the Korn Ferry Tour's regular-season finale.

In the future, let's make sure all cars parked directly behind tee boxes of par 3s at major tour events are explicitly available as hole-in-one prizes.

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