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From hole-in-one to 11 at World Cup

Saturday - 11/23/2013, 1:34am  ET

Stuart Manley from Wales lines up a putt on the 18th green during the first round of the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

DENNIS PASSA
AP Sports Writer

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Welsh golfer Stuart Manley went from a hole-in-one to an 11 at Royal Melbourne on Saturday in the third round of the World Cup.

The good part came on the par-3 third when Manley moved into a share of second place with the ace with an 8-iron on the 176-yard hole.

Manley patted the roof of a car after the shot, thinking he had won it, but the car is only available for a hole-in-one during Sunday's final round. He found out the bad news when he got to the green to pluck his ball out of the hole.

But before he had a chance to see himself on the leaderboard, Manley went from a 1 to double figures on the par-4 fourth. He recovered to shoot a 1-over 72 and was still among the top 10 after three rounds.

"I thought I had won the car, and the adrenalin was really pumping," Manley said. "The highest high to the lowest low. I heard some giggles ... some laughs" from the crowd.

Manley's approach on the fourth went into a greenside bunker, and his third shot went off the back of the green. When he chipped back on, his shot rolled off the front of the green and into a gully.

From there, it took him four attempts to get the ball back on the green -- it kept rolling back down to his feet -- before he three-putted for the 11. He went then from second to a tie for 15th.

Manley, who shot an opening-round 67 and then a 72 on Friday, reacquired his European Tour card for next year at last week's qualifying tournament in Spain, then made a rushed trip to Australia.

It's his first time playing at Royal Melbourne -- he came here in 2005 in an attempt to get into a tournament, but never got in as a reserve.

The 346th-ranked Manley intended to play in the team event for Wales, but his scheduled partner, Jamie Donaldson, withdrew with a back injury. That forced Manley to play as one of eight individuals in the 60-player field.


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