Ever wondered how many shots it would take a professional golfer to make a hole-in-one?
The odds of an average golfer making an ace are roughly one in 100,000, while stats suggest a European Tour pro’s chances are closer to one in 2,500.
Ahead of this week’s Italian Open, European Tour challenged three-time winner Edoardo Molinari to go a couple of thousand better. With a day and 500 balls to play with on a 145-yard par three, could he beat the odds and find that one, perfect shot?
What began as a light-hearted challenge developed into something more profound; a trip inside the psyche of a complex golfing mind and a journey to the verge of madness for Dodo Molinari.
Here’s what happened…