Having a rough day? Try walking in Andrey Pavlov’s shoes.
The Russian professional carded a 17 Friday on the first hole during the second round of the European Tour’s Lyoness Open. The 17 ties the second-worst score on a hole in European Tour history.
The par-5 first hole at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria, stretches 506 yards. Pavlov made par during Thursday’s opening round. But Friday, Pavlov found the drink six times. Six! He would make the turn in 53 before carding a pair of birdies on the first three holes of the back nine. After paring the 18th, Pavlov signed for a 90, missing the cut.
In fairness however, no one was expecting all that much from Pavlov this week. When he teed off Thursday, the Russian golfer was tied for last in the Official World Golf Ranking at No. 1,598. Yes, the rankings go that low (or high).
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the worst score ever on the European Tour belongs to Philippe Porquier, who made a 20 at the 1978 French Open.
So the next time you play golf and are mucking it up on a tough par-5, just remember the Russian professional who made a 17 and smile.