Southgate Rides Ace to Share of NBO Oman Open Lead

Matthew Southgate fired his second ace of the current season, giving him a share of the lead with Paul Waring through the first 18 holes of the NBO Oman Open on Thursday.

He wasn’t the only one recording an ace on the day. Marcel Siem of Germany put one in on the 13th and Southgate drilled his on the fifth from 165 yards out with a seven iron.

It’s Southgate’s second ace of the season following one he had at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Even more bizarre? Siem and Southgate’s caddies are twin brothers Guy and Gary Tilston.

Southgate’s ace was part of a 65 that left him tied for the lead with fellow Brit Paul Waring after 18 holes. The two are a step ahead of The Netherlands Daan Huizing.

If Southgate’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he beat testicular cancer in 2015, making it through Qualifying School the same year he had surgery.

“It was really good but kind of a weird way to shoot 65,” said Southgate. “I missed a few close-distance chances but then I holed two really long putts and had a hole-in-one so I think a 65 was how I played. It was a funny way to get that score but I’m over the moon with that start. I have Gary Tilston caddying for me, just started this week, and Guy Tilston his twin brother caddies for Marcel who also had a hole-in-one. A bit of a strange one to have two twins pick the right club for two holes-in-one in the same day – I bet that will never happen again!”
Waring is coming off a career-best 60th finish in the Race to Dubai rankings.

Siem’s ace came from 162 yards out, also with a 7 iron.

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