Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Greatest Round Ever Played?

As golfers, we all know that it is quite a feat to shoot one's age. So, imagine how spectacular of day the late Kim Jong-Il had back in 1994. It is reported that the North Korean dictator, age 52 at the time, carded an epic 38-under par (34) on the 7,700 yard Pyongyang Golf Course.

According to some reports, Kim's round included a world record 11 holes-in-one and he carded no worse than a birdie on any hole at the country's only golf club! This amazing feat also happened on what was his first ever round of golf. And even though all 17 of his bodyguards were eyewitnesses and swear they saw that go down, for some reason, the folks over at "Guinness" fail to recognize the record. After that round, the media tells us, Kim decided to retire from golf forever, lest he ruin it for us mortals.

The odds of making a hole in one for the average golfer is 12,500 to 1, so can you imagine what the odds are of making 11 hole-in-ones in one round? Well, thanks to the Postmedia News, now we know:

According to the Wall Street Journal, a Palm Springs, California, statistician recently calculated that the odds of a 46-year-old woman, Jacqueline Gagne of Rancho Mirage, California, making 10 holes-in-one in less than four months - a claim apparently verified by the Desert Sun newspaper - at roughly 12 septillion (12 followed by 24 zeros) to 1.

Making 11 aces in the same, first, and one and only, round of golf would be, according to Postmedia News' calculation, 183 gazillion to 1.

It's probably a good thing for Tiger Woods and the rest of the PGA Tour that Kim spent his time ruling his people because clearly he could have ruled the Tour as well.

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