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Utah golfer hits jackpot at tourney

9/18/2009 - Golf NBA Utah Jazz + more

Utah's newest millionaire got rich with his brother's 9-iron and a little luck.

Jason Hargett, a 35-year-old restaurant manager and father of four, sank a hole-in-one for $1 million on Tuesday at a benefit tournament hosted by former Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton.

What's more, Hargett was a last-minute replacement in the tournament and nearly opted not to play because of a wrist injury.

"Honestly, I played the day before and couldn't even finish the round with my wrist," he said during a phone interview on ESPN's morning "SportsCenter."

But during the tournament, in which he played with his brother's clubs, Hargett qualified to be one of six players taking a $1 million hole-in-one swing attempt after the round was over. The 150-yard hole was carved into the driving range at the Red Ledges golf resort in Heber City.

With $1 million on the line, he hit a 9-iron about 10 feet behind the hole.

Then the ball slowly rolled back, diagonally, and fell in, making him a millionaire.

"After I hit it, I'm like, 'Gosh, you know, that could have a chance,' " Hargett told ESPN. "When it started spinning diagonal, I was like. 'Holy crap, this is not happening' ... I just couldn't believe it."

That touched off a wild celebration, during which Hargett sprinted toward the hole and, according to The Deseret News of Salt Lake City, was tackled by former BYU quarterback Robbie Bosco, his tournament teammate.

"I'm still in disbelief. I can't really comprehend what it means," Hargett said, according to The Deseret News. "I just keep seeing that shot over and over in my head and keep saying to myself, 'There's no way that it really went in.' "

Asked about his plans for the money, Hargett told ESPN he and his brother, Brandon, plan to go to Europe next summer, possibly to take in the British Open or run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

But he said he hasn't thought much about what to do with the rest of his winnings, "other than we've got the kids' college wrapped up and a few things like that."

The tournament benefited a fund at the University of Utah's Diabetes Center.