BMW donated a further $100,000.
It was only last month when German pro golfer Marcel Siem managed to win a brand new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo worth at least $154,000 after a hole-in-one and now Australian Jason Day has received the keys to a BMW M760i xDrive after a similar performance. The 29-year-old golfer and former world number one aced the 17th hole on his second round at the 2017 BMW Championship to win the performance fullsize luxury sedan, which carries a starting price of $156,700 MSRP in the United States.
The Lexus-sponsored golfer – currently #6 in the world rankings - won’t actually be driving the car at all as the M760i has promptly been donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation, which is responsible for funding college scholarships for caddies.
“I’m going to donate that car to help another student, because I am in a fortunate position and very blessed to be able to try to bless someone elsewhere.”
For more good news, BMW is going to donate a further $100,000 as Jason Day’s achievement was the first hole-in-one of the tournament. It’s the second performance of this kind at the BMW Championship, after 2013 when American Hunter Mahan got a BMW i3 following his hole-in-one, coincidentally occurring at the very same hole.
As a refresher, the M760i (M760Li in Europe) is basically the closest thing this generation 7 Series will ever get to a full-blown M7. It packs a monstrous V12 6.6-liter with a pair of turbochargers for 601 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque channeled to the xDrive AWD system through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It will do 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) in 3.6 seconds and reach an electronically governed 155 mph (250 kph) – all in a car that weighs a hefty 5,128 pounds (2.3 tons) in U.S. specification.
Gallery: Jason Day wins BMW M760i xDrive
Perfect Day! Australian Jason Day hits an ace to win a BMW M760i – and donates it to the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Australian Jason Day hit the headlines once again at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms. The former world number one, winner of the BMW Championship at the same venue two years ago, aced the 17th hole (par 3, 188 yards) on his second round to win the Hole-in-One Prize, a BMW M760i (fuel consumption combined: 12.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 294 g/km).
- The Hole-in-One Prize is won for the second time in the history of the BMW Championship.
- Day donates the BMW M760i to a foundation that awards scholarships to caddies.
Chicago. Australian Jason Day hit the headlines once again at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms. The former world number one, winner of the BMW Championship at the same venue two years ago, aced the 17th hole (par 3, 188 yards) on his second round to win the Hole-in-One Prize, a BMW M760i (fuel consumption combined: 12.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 294 g/km).
The 29-year-old donated the twelve-cylinder car to the Evans Scholars Foundation. BMW also donated a further 100,000 US dollars to the foundation, as this was the first hole-in-one of the tournament.
“I’m going to donate that car to help another student, because I am in a fortunate position and very blessed to be able to try to bless someone elsewhere,” said Day, who is among the leading group at the midway point, thanks in part to his spectacular ace. “The first two days of the tournament were fantastic. I hope I can do that over the next two days as well.”
This is only the second time that the Hole-in-One Car has been won at the BMW Championship. In 2013, American Hunter Mahan was presented with the keys to a BMW i3 as a reward for his masterstroke – which, incidentally, also came at Conway Farms and on the same hole as gave Jason Day and the Evans Scholars Foundation so much cause for celebration today.
The foundation, which receives all the proceeds from the BMW Championship, funds college scholarships for caddies. Since 2007, when BMW became title partner of the tournament, more than 24 million US dollars have been raised.