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Can Edoardo Molinari make a hole-in-one in 500 shots before losing his mind?

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According to a video posted to the European Tour’s Facebook page today, there’s a 1-in-2,500 chance of a Tour player making a hole-in-one. As it turns out, however, there’s a way better chance that Edoardo Molinari loses his mind before making a hole-in-one in 500 attempts.

Ahead of this week’s Italian Open, Molinari volunteered for what surely seemed like a fun experiment beforehand, but in reality it turned into some sort of cruel torture.

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While Molinari showcased amazing skill and consistency — he nearly holed his first shot, actually dunked his 153rd shot that popped out of the hole, and left an absurd amount of ball marks within feet of the hole — the experiment proved to be a frustrating failure as Molinari could not make a hole-in-one in 500 shots.

Watch the full video for yourself to see how dialed Molinari was from 145-yards with a 9-iron, and just how frustrated he became as the experiment progressed.

Since the golf gods have a very weird way of asserting their power, look out for Molinari to record a hole-in-one at this week’s event. I wouldn’t be shocked at all.

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team while earning a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. rymail00

    Oct 10, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Personally I really like what the Euro PGA is doing. I’m guessing some might hate it, but they are doing different things and I “personally” think it’s much more interesting stuff vs the normal PGA stuff. They’re having fun, and that’s extremely entertaining.

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Rejoice: Kiradech Aphibarnrat is heading back to the Masters after final-hole heroics

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The Barn Rat is headed back to Augusta National, where he finished tied for 15th in 2016. That’s right, folks, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the so-called Asian John Daly, earned himself a Masters invite with a thrilling final-hole eagle at the Indonesian Masters.

The top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of 2017 will receive ANGC’s famed Masters invites in the mail. The Indonesian Masters is the final OWGR point-earning event of the year. Aphibarnrat was No. 56 entering the tournament, so you get the picture.

Anyway, he needed an eagle at Royale Jakarta Golf Club’s 72nd hole to move far enough up the leaderboard to earn enough OWGR points to slide into the top 50.

You can see the eagle putt (around 10:20 below)

If you’re not happy to see Kiradech in the Masters, you need to familiarize yourself with this Vice Sports short, “30 Pairs of Yeezys and Ferrari,” immediately.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Fans of “Arm” (not sure the origins of that particular nickname)?

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Strokes gained surprise: More distance off the tee doesn’t pay for pros

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Writing for Golf.com, strokes gained inventor/guru, Mark Broadie, filed an interesting (as you would expect) look at driving distance gains on Tour.

No, no, don’t worry. This isn’t a diatribe on the ball going too far, but rather, a look at the players who picked up the most yardage in 2016-2017. Even more interestingly, however, Broadie then examines how the increase in distance translated into a player’s improved performance in strokes gained: off-the-tee…or didn’t as the case seemed to be.

Broadie, “compared driving stats for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, looking at all tee shots on par-4 and par-5 holes,” adjusting for course effects. Check out the professor’s chart.

Broadie’s conclusion: “Added distance doesn’t necessarily lead to lower scores, if too much accuracy is sacrificed” (unless you’re Kyle Stanley).

You can check out Broadie’s full piece and explanation for that conclusion here.

By the way, if you’re wondering how Chappell picked up 10 yards off the tee, his coach, Mark Blackburn, told Broadie it was

“A perfect storm of equipment, ball and a swing change,” Blackburn replied. “He switched drivers, changed to a less ‘spinny’ ball, and lengthened his swing. More hip turn around the trail leg allowed him to load more efficiently and then explode into his lead leg.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members?

And if you’re wondering about the equipment in question, here’s Chappell’s WITB. He switched to a 2016 TaylorMade M1 from a Nike Vapor Flex 440, it seems, but was pictured most recently with a 2017 M1.

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Tiger Woods’ extreme competitiveness, not surprisingly, extends to H-O-R-S-E

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Tiger Woods is competitive. Tiger Woods doesn’t like to be beaten at anything. These are eternal truisms in the Tiger Woods story.

If you play the 14-time major champion in, say, ping pong, don’t expect to win. If you face off against the 79-time PGA Tour winner, however, if you have the skills of Air Joe LaCava, you could notch a victory, or nine, but don’t expect it to sit well with the Big Cat. And certainly don’t expect him to feed you!

Here’s what happened, according to Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava, who recently appeared on the “Inside the Ropes” podcast on Sirius XM.

Squaring off in everyone’s favorite equine-named playground game, LaCava beat Woods in nine straight games of H-O-R-S-E. La Cava, reportedly, relied on a smooth mid-range game to take down Tiger, who was jacking up threes.

“He did not talk to me the rest of the day. I didn’t even get the old text, ‘Dinner is ready,’ because I stay across at the beach house. I didn’t even get that text that night. I had to get takeout,” LaCava said. “He didn’t announce he wasn’t [talking to me], he just didn’t. And I’m telling you, it was nine games in a row. I’m telling you, he’s so competitive, even at something like that.”

Cold. But would you expect anything less? You don’t win the U.S. Open on one good leg in excruciating pain fueled by an average blend of competitive juices. In fact, if we learned Woods had softened in his old age and, say, let LaCava win, that’d be serious cause for concern.

Check out the clip below.

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