Two men from Brisbane duped North Korea into thinking they were professional golfers and played in the North Korea Open.
UPDATE: We thought this was a fishy story. GolfLink’s Rod Morri has pointed out a few extra things that haven’t been reported in this story. It wasn’t a professional tournament for starters…
Something about all this seems fishy, particularly given the source… but let’s share it anyway, shall we?
The Daily Mail have reported that a couple of Brisbane men pretended to be Australian golfers and managed to play in the North Korean Open.
In China for a polo tournament, Morgan Ruig and Evan Shay managed to enter the tournament in North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang by email. They somehow managed to convince organisers that they were professional golfers representing Australia.
Shay told first told The Courier Mail about the ruse:
“They didn’t check. We went over under the guise of the Australian Golf team but they quickly realised we weren’t after the first tee-off,” he says.
“I hit 120 and my caddy told me I had bought great shame to my family.
“We played very poorly … but we met some very interesting people.”
The two-day tournament attracted 85 international participants and included some “official” duties such as a visit to the Mansudae Grand Monument.
“We were very nervous handing our passports over at the border. There are stories of people not coming home,” Morgan says.