Golf: Sir Bob Charles nails hole-in-one at NZ Open warm up

Sir Bob Charles has proven he's still a dab hand with the clubs, nailing a hole-in-one at the New Zealand Open curtain-raiser in Arrowtown.

On Wednesday, the 82-year-old delighted onlookers with the feat on the ninth and final hole of the Par 3 Champions competition at The Hills.

"I just made the eleventh of my career," he said afterwards, as he walked down the fairway to collect the ball. 

"I hit it 25 yards right of the green. It hit the bank, it went 10 yards past the flag...curled right back, and lo and behold."

Compatriot Michael Campbell was one of the first on hand to offer congratulations, telling Sir Bob that he's "still got it".

"A little bit of talent but a whole lot of luck," Sir Bob replied.

Sir Bob is one of four former champions competing at the inaugural event, alongside Kiwis Campbell, Greg Turner, and Michael Hendry.

Considered one of the greatest left-handed golfers of all time, he first won the NZ Open back in 1954.

The 2019 tournament – its 100th edition - gets underway at The Hills and Millbrook courses on Thursday.

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