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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