The Courier-Mail

Two aces come up trumps

- JIM TUCKER

DON­ALD Trump has the same crazy chance of be­com­ing US Pres­i­dent as Brian Har­man had of hit­ting two holesin-one in a sin­gle round yesterday.

“No chance” would seem the pop­u­lar vote yet this is the US, the land of the free-hit­ting hy­brid and home of the brave, mega-rich celebrity can­di­date.

Shocked leftie Har­man had never made an ace in 121 tour­na­ments on the PGA Tour be­fore two in three hours yesterday at the Plain­field Coun­try Club at The Bar­clays in New Jersey.

It was some feat for the Ricky Ponting looka­like to turn his for­tune into a hum­drum two-un­der par 68 af­ter he aced the 167m third hole with a seven iron.

“On the 14th (with a 4-hy­brid), the ball hit into the hill, killed it and it rolled right in,” Har­man said of his per­fect 199m shot. “It’s pretty crazy to play a hun­dred-odd tour­na­ments and never have one, but to have two like that.”

Iron­i­cally, he was giv­ing in­ter­views when the Trump cir­cus ar­rived at the course with the man him­self in a “Make Amer­ica Great Again” hat.

Har­man’s two aces in a round are rated a 67 mil­lionto-one rar­ity. The shouts of “Mr Pres­i­dent” and the selfie craze around Trump yesterday sug­gest he is now at much shorter odds to be the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

THE Hole-in-One Club of Queens­land is cel­e­brat­ing its 75th birth­day with a gala golf day on Sun­day, Novem­ber 15, at McLeod for any player whose ever man­aged an ace.

The club has about 175 mem­bers who have qual­i­fied with an ace in com­pe­ti­tion play but even so­cial play­ers with an ace can muster for this.

“We want to put a bit of the aura back into the hole-in-one with this day,” club sec­re­tary Joann Hunt said.

VET­ERAN Rod Pam­pling, 45, is head­ing back to the PGA Tour next year af­ter yesterday’s top-25 sea­son fin­ish on the Web.com Tour.

 ??  ?? NO.1 FAN: Son Dash runs to celebrate with Jason Day af­ter a six-stroke vic­tory in The Bar­clays in New Jersey yesterday (be­low) set up the pos­si­bil­ity for the Aus­tralian golfer to end the year on top of the world rank­ings. Pic­tures: AP
NO.1 FAN: Son Dash runs to celebrate with Jason Day af­ter a six-stroke vic­tory in The Bar­clays in New Jersey yesterday (be­low) set up the pos­si­bil­ity for the Aus­tralian golfer to end the year on top of the world rank­ings. Pic­tures: AP
 ??  ?? MAGIC PAIR: Brian Har­man.
MAGIC PAIR: Brian Har­man.
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