Rick Reilly Is A Punk
By Kickntrue on 9/10/09
Hitting a hole-in-one will be one of the best experiences of my life (at least in sport) if it ever happens. If it doesn't, at least I wasn't a cheater to do it. ESPN's Rick Reilly shares a story of how he recently hit an ace - the first of his life... by visiting a par 3 course in consecuative days while hitting 10 tee shots on every hole until he got one. It took him two days and when he did finally sink his 694th attempt- he did it on a 52 yard hole.

I realize the article is tongue and cheek- and Reilly knows it doesn't really count but now when aces come up- he either has to say he has one and maybe end up telling the story or has to say he doesn't have one when in the pit of his stomach he feels like he does. Why put yourself through the agony? Plus- he could've at least used his pull to make this happen on a real sized hole. I'm sure there is a course somewhere with an extra green or hole (I know a couple nine hole courses with a 10th hole) that he could've used. At least if he sank a 150 yard shot he could say it was legit. 50 yards is hardly even a pitch.

Still- the thing that probably makes me the most frustrated... I had this stupid idea and he beat me to it. I wanted to do this for oob sometime. Of course- I WAS going to do it on a full sized hole. Punk!

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activesense says:
What a butt-hole. If you throw enough sh!t some of it is going to stick. 20 balls per hole, for 2 days solid, and finally got sn 'ace' on a 50 yard pitch. Definately not a legit HIO.
I am still waiting for my first, and if it never comes then it was not meant to be. Just enjoy the game and don't let the unimportant stuff get you down.
9/10/09
 
Backquak says:
Go Rick Go!!! Now that the pressure is off, he will probably get a "real" one real soon, and if he does, everyone will be hitting the par 3 course. I think its a great story too, 693 failed attempts but he stuck to the game and finally got it done. I know I would have given up.
9/10/09
 
kidputter says:
He didn't follow the rules of golf, therefore it doesn't count. PERIOD! It's a practice. Basically, it's like going to the range and chipping to the practice green and making it into the cup.
9/10/09
 
mjaber says:
I'd like to know if all he did was hit his tee shots, or if he actually finished all of the holes. If all he did was hit tee shots, he could have just as easily put a hole 50 yards out in his back yard and hit at it all day.

What a tool. Play the game. I'll take my 20ft birdie putt from Monday over your "ace"
9/10/09
 
munk24 says:
LMAO
9/10/09
 
Ward says:
I think we all know that's not a "real" hole in one, but I think it's sort of interesting to see how long it took him to get one in a goofy situation.

I think we've all wondered how many shots it'd take (for those of us who don't have one yet, myself included)

I actually think his story of hitting 10 shots on each hole for multiple days make for a more interesting story than a "real" hole in one anyway
9/10/09
 
Backquak says:
I just relayed this story to a scratch golfer, he said he got his first HIO 5 years ago when he was 52, and he has had one every year since. My first and only came last year so I'm due for another anytime now.
9/10/09
 
mmontisano says:
out of the 30 million people in the US that play golf, i wonder what the ratio is of people who have a hole in one, compared to those who don't?
9/10/09
 
lazorbeam says:
@hackman, I am sure someone can figure out how many oobers have recorded one and they also know how many total oobers there are. That would probably be a decent start to your question.
9/10/09
 
Banker85 says:
i dont even think i would be telling people it was a real hole in one. if anything it might show your odds, but from 52 yds..... C'MON NOW! i dont have one (yet) but when i do it will be a real par 3
9/10/09
 
Kickntrue says:
@lazorbeam/@hackman- doing the stats on oob wouldn't really work. you have to figure to track your stats on oob you're at least caring of how you golf- when that 30M golfers number is any person who plays 1 round of golf a year- even if it's a recreational round for a company scramble, etc. I'd use the idea that there is a 1/13k chance of doing it on any given par 3. Usually 4 par 3's per round. Then you do some math.. throw in some other numbers, carry the 1, times 2 pi squared... and the number is very small in ratio form. 1 over a big number for sure.
9/10/09
 
Banker85 says:
@kickntrue - love the mathematics you go to harvard, because i bet your right!
9/10/09
 
jrbizzle says:
My Das has played golf for about 35 years and doesn't have one.

I've been playing for 19 years and don't have one.

My Mom played golf about four times and has one. Hit a driver on a 90 yard hole and rolled it all the way into the cup. My Dad won't take her golfing ever since.
9/10/09
 
Jake Bogardus says:
Ok, he knows its not real, never thought it was real, but knew it would be a fun thing to do. Reilly is a great writer and has been for a long time. It was a fun article. He got to do something with his 22 year old son and got to write a story about it. So get off Reilly's back and shut the hell up.
9/10/09
 
mauricio_hernandez says:
it'a great feeling hittinga a HIO....I got mine last year after 13 years playing the game....the best of all, I did it in a tournament and won a house.....so keep playing you never know..
9/10/09
 
greendevil says:
I just don't see me ever getting a HIO; I'm not good enough. Well, for that matter, I'm not lucky enough either.

My Dad has been playing golf for over 30 years and doesn't have one yet. I can see myself 30 years from now still looking for my first HIO.
9/11/09
 
Tim Horan says:
AND THE POINT WAS?
What is so great about a HIO? I had one (sheer fluke) my father had two (same hole consecutive weeks) also sheer flukes. Or were they? You are aiming at the hole, you are striving to get the distance right. At some stage you are going to get it spot on.
9/11/09
 
Tim Horan says:
@jake how you doin' with that Eidolon? Where ya bin lately?
9/11/09
 
Kickntrue says:
More punks... www.golf.com/golf/tours_news/article/0,28136,192 but at least it's legit.
9/11/09
 
ibashdaily says:
Thank you Jake. I think some people missed the point of the article.
9/14/09
 
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