Dan Bradbury set his sights on eclipsing DP World Tour great Miguel Ángel Jiménez after making his third hole-in-one of the season in round three of the Open de España.
The Englishman made a final round ace at the 17th at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January and added another – again at the 17th – in the second round of the SDC Championship two months later.
His hat-trick came on the fourth at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid – a hole on which he was four over across the week last season – as he holed a four iron from 226 yards as part of a front nine of 29 in a brilliant 63.
The last person to make three in a season was Spaniard Jiménez, whose ace at the second in round three of the 2015 BMW PGA Championship was a record-breaking 10th of his career.
Bradbury still has a long way to go to match that all-time mark but insists he will be going all out to hit a record-breaking fourth perfect shot in one season over the rest of 2023.
“Now I know that I’ll be aiming at all the par-threes, that’s for sure,” he said when told of the record.
“Front nine was fantastic, I got off to a hot start. I’ve made a few holes-in-one now and it’s the first time I’ve kept it going so that’s nice.
“It was a good number and this one was a perfect golf shot.
“226 was the number, which for me is normally a four iron but it’s hot and there’s a bit of altitude here.
“I was convinced a four was long and my caddie said he didn’t think a five was enough so I hit the smooth four and it couldn’t have been any better.”
– Article from DP World Tour website