Car confusion after Casey ace

2012-03-12 11:10

Miami - England's Paul Casey made a hole-in-one at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami, Florida, on Sunday just moments after promising to split any reward for the ace with his caddie.

VIDEO: Paul Casey's hole-in-one

But caddie Craig Connelly's joy was short-lived when officials stepped in to tell the pair there was no prize for a hole-in-one on the par-three 15th hole.

The confusion arose because a shiny, new Cadillac was positioned at the back of the tee box, suggesting the vehicle was the reward for an ace.

"We shook on the tee. I said 'If I hole it I'll split the prize with you, whether it's a car, cash prize, we'll split the prize,'" said Casey.

"We shook on it, he handed me the eight iron, I knocked it in the hole, and Craig went bananas."

Connelly hugged Casey and then danced around in celebration, raising his arms as if celebrating a goal.

He also enjoyed seeing his boss's instant discomfort.

"Did you see his face when he holed it? The fact that he had to give me 50 percent?" laughed Connelly.

But the conversation with the officials swiftly brought the bad news the car was the prize only on another par-three hole.

"My question was: 'Was there a car?' To which he told me 'No, the car was the prize for the hole-in-one on 13.'

"I've never been so relieved in my life," joked Casey.

Asked whether he would now buy his caddie a car as consolation, Casey quipped: "With the money he's made he could buy his own car."

Casey, returning from a shoulder injury, carded a one-over par 73, his ace undoing the damage of a double-bogey on the par-five 12th.