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Ballantine’s Championship Tuho Challenge

May 2, 2013

To mark the sixth edition of the Ballantine's Championship, Korea's No 1 golf tournament and the fourth biggest in Asia, Ballantine's - the leading ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Korea - has created a unique video showcasing some of the world's greatest players undertaking a challenge of a different kind.

Featuring a host of legendary names including World Number 7 Louis Oosthuizen , Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley, Major winner Y E Yang and former Ballantine's Championship winner Marcus Fraser , the video showcases what happened when the players were introduced to the "Ballantine's Championship Tuho Challenge" during the tournament, currently taking place at Blackstone Golf Course in South Korea.

A fun test of hand/eye coordination, "Tuho" is a traditional Korean game which involves throwing rubber-tipped sticks into a canister and is usually associated with welcoming guests to the country and introducing them to local culture.

Players were given five attempts at throwing a two-foot stick from two metres away, then five attempts at chipping a golf ball in from five metres, with scores being taken to establish the overall challenge winner. A video of the "Ballantine's Championship Tuho Challenge" can be seen below.

Proving extremely popular with the players and generating some exceptional moments for the camera, South Korea's Ryu Hyun-woo won the Challenge after 'holing out' with a sand-wedge to earn five points, three points clear of a trio of runners-up - another home favourite Kim Dae-sub, France's Rafael Jacquelin and England's Lee Slattery.

Ryu, who won the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic on the Japan Tour last September, earned a bottle of Ballantine's 17 Year Old for winning the challenge, which was held as part of the Ballantine's Championship Pro-Am.

He was among 55 pros that took part in the competitive Challenge and the only player to chip the ball into the smallest of targets, earning five points and a huge cheer from his amateur playing partners.

Kim, Jacquelin and Slattery finished second with two points after holing two of five sticks, whilst Yang and fellow Koreans Bae Sang-moon, Park Sang-hyun and Choi Ho-sung all hit the target with one throw

The usually dead-eye Oosthuizen missed with all his attempts whilst Paul McGinley was among those to come close with the golf ball, the Ryder Cup Captain agonisingly clipping the rim.






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