Numbers Game

Numbers Game

  • Course record at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland: 61
  • Age at which native son Rory McIlroy, then an amateur, accomplished this, in 2005: 16
  • Number of times Sam Snead broke the course record at the Homestead's Cascades course during his first two weeks as a pro there: 2
  • Age at which he accomplished this: 18
  • Age at which Snead shot a course record 60 on the Homestead's Lower Cascades course: 71
  • Number of course records he ultimately held worldwide: 164
  • Course record at the par-seventy-two, 7,700-yard Pyongyang Golf Club, set in 1994 by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il: 34
  • Number of rounds of golf Kim had played before his record-setting performance: 0
  • Number of bodyguards who verified his score: 17

Sources: Royal Portrush Golf Club; the Homestead; Jack Snead; Sam: The One and Only Sam Snead, by Al Barkow; the New York Times

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