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Owen eyes up even more success after game-changing operation

By James Dobbin

Scoring a hole-in-one is a remarkable feat in itself but Owen Hollywood defied massive odds to achieve every golfer’s dream – despite recovering from cataract operations.

Hollywood, 70, who hails from Troon and plays off 10, scored his ace on the 154-yard, par-three 10th at his club, Troon Portland.

He said: “In 2010, when I was 65, I managed to get my handicap down to five, which is the lowest it’s ever been. Since then, my vision had got steadily worse because of cataracts and my handicap went up to 11.

“During the period prior to having my sight restored, I could see neither the flag on the green, nor the ball on the fairway, unless I was within 25 yards of it. As you can probably imagine, I was not enjoying my golf and actually stopped playing on a regular basis.”

But, in January 2014, Hollywood received a game-changing operation in which he had his cataracts removed and new multifocal lenses fitted in each eye.

He added: “Since then, my vision has improved greatly: I am starting to reduce my handicap again and I don’t even need glasses for reading.

“Unfortunately, golf can be a very frustrating game and immediately after my hole-in-one I managed to amass nine strokes at the next hole – I think the excitement of my third hole-in-one got to me!”