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When is a million-dollar ace not a million-dollar ace?

Jay Busbee
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It's got to be one of the most thrilling moments in your life. You tee up for a charity hole-in-one contest, you swing, and boom -- ball goes in, you're rich!

Except sometimes, things don't work out that way. Presenting the Case Of The Misplaced Ace, starring -- get this -- Alonzo Mourning (right) and Donald Trump.

The scene: Alonzo Mourning's charity golf tournament at Donald Trump's National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. In August, Marty Greenberg, a former Commodities Exchange chairman, played in the tournament and scored the million-dollar ace on a 150-yard hole. All good, right? Whether or not the guy needs the money, everyone could use an extra seven figures, right?

Not so fast. Apparently the company running the tournament, Florida Team Golf, used insurer Odds On Promotions to underwrite the $1 million prize, since most charities don't have a spare mil to dispense here and there.

According to Odds On officials, the hole had to be at least 150 yards to qualify. But when officials reviewed the tape, it looked a wee bit less than 150 yards -- "12 to 15 yards" less, company president Mark Gilmartin said. And when Odds On investigators went to the course to investigate, lo and behold, the tees had been moved back to a 150-yard location, not the one visible on the tape. Hmmm.

As a result, Odds On denied the claim. Mourning and Greenberg released a joint statement that read, "We are confident that any potential issues will be resolved quickly and amicably so that [Alonzo Mourning Charities] can continue its longstanding commitment to inner-city children."

So the question is, who moved the tees? And why? This is the kind of thing that will leave someone feeling [puts on David Caruso sunglasses] subpar.

[Visor tip to Teddy KGB for the tip. Give the man his money.]

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