South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen has taken home a Volvo EC55B compact excavator after winning the pro-am competition ahead of last week’s Volvo Golf Champions tournament in Durban.
Oosthuizen and team-mates Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and British amateur Colin Ledwith won the competition on the final green and were each awarded a Volvo V40 car as the prize. However Oosthuizen, who owns a farm, asked to swap his car for the £33,000 excavator, which was on the course as a potential prize for golfers who hit a hole in one.
“It’s a great gift for the farm and it’s going to be a lot of fun playing around with it,” he said. “I had a few discussions with Volvo this week about purchasing the excavator. They told me I could get it if I won the amateur-pro team competition, so I knew all about that as I stood over that final putt on 18.”