Spaceman Sullivan!
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/18/14
Englishman Andy Sullivan did not win the 2014 KLM (Dutch) Open last Sunday, although he finished solo third (67-68-66-67 = 268, -12) and earned €112,680. Instead, the 28-year-old from Nuneaton, Warwickshire still pulled off the shot of the tournament:

By virtue of his ace at the 69th hole of the Dutch Open, the 28-year-old from Nuneaton, Warwickshire earned a sub-orbital trip into space. As we told you last week, the 45-minute journey was the grand prize in a contest put on by California-based XCOR Space Expeditions. Their reusable space vehicle will rocket to roughly 61 km (338,000 feet) above Earth, in the mesosphere, then coast back to the Mojave Spaceport in California.

After the conclusion of the tournament, which was won by Paul Casey, Sullivan talked to the gathered press:
"I have really got to take the flight. But it's not going to be easy for me, because I am terrified of heights. But at least I got a prize. After my first hole in one on tour at the second hole at Wentworth last year, all I got was a pat on the back.
The marketing people at PING, who supply Sullivan with his clubs, have already jumped all over the chance at publicity:

So now, Andy Sullivan has the opportunity to become only the third citizen of Great Britain to take at least a sub-orbital ride above Earth.

To boldly go... where no golfer has gone before...

...if his wife lets him.

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[ comments ]
homermania says:
falcon50driver says:
Can I ride in the pointy end?
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