How would you fare on a pro par-3?

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Thanks to the European Tour's "Beat the Pro" challenge, amateurs got a chance to tee it up at the stadium par-3 14th hole at the KLM Open, with varying degrees of success.
By Matt S. Craig

Published: Sunday, September 11, 2016 | 5:59 p.m.

When we're watching the pros play golf on TV, one thing we know is that we wouldn't fare very well on those endless yard par-5's. We don't even want to think about trying those 550-yard par-4's.

But the par-3's? Every golfer has thought to themselves at least once, "I could probably do that."

Well the European Tour set out to give amateur golfers the chance to test that thought out with their "Beat the Pro" challenge during the KLM Open. At the stadium par-3 14th hole, one amateur got the chance to tee it up in each group in a closest to the hole contest.

Here's what Joost Luiten, who would go on to eventually win the tournament, said before the week to

“This will be an absolute highlight for the players and the fans”, said Luiten. “I think it’s great to have something going on around the hole.

“I don’t think players will be distracted. On the contrary, I think they will love it. In the end we all want to play for as many fans as possible. Being challenged by an amateur makes it extra spectacular.”

How'd they do? I'd say the results were...mixed....see for yourself.


The highs (and lows) of the Beat the Pro Challenge... #KLMOpen

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Matt S. Craig is a intern and a Digital Sports Production student at Ball State University.