Jaidee ace eliminates holders Ireland

Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee made the first hole-in-one in GolfSixes history to eliminate defending champions Ireland in Portugal.

Jaidee aced the sixth and final hole at Oitavos Dunes on Friday to seal a 3-1 victory and set up a quarter-final showdown with Scotland.

“I had a perfect shot,” said Jaidee. “We’re very excited to be in the tournament. Finally we got through and that’s the main thing we have to do.”

Australia defeated Germany Women by a foot and seven inches in a nearest-the-pin play-off to take second place in Group C, booking a meeting with Group D winners Spain.

France and Italy will also meet in the last eight, while Group A winners England will take on Group B runners-up Sweden.

The innovative event has a swimming pool which players tee off over at the sixth hole along with a DJ, with two women’s teams participating and contestants allowed to wear shorts and use measuring devices.