‘More hits than the Beatles’: Inside Guido Migliozzi’s 10 at Nedbank Golf Challenge


It probably isn’t often that Guido Migliozzi takes more strokes on one hole than the number of vowels in his name, but that’s exactly what happened Saturday morning at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Migliozzi closed his rain-delayed second round and mapped a six-time bogey 10 on the par-4 17e hole at Gary Player Country Club. The Italian was just two shots away from the lead before teeing off on the 478-yard hole, but the ugly score knocked him way off the pace.

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He eventually mapped 4-over 76 before adding a third round 72, and at 1 under he is eight shots behind co-leaders Thomas Detry and Rasmus Hojgaard.

Amazingly, Migliozzi’s 10 was played without losing a ball. He hit his tee shot into a fairway bunker, and then, unable to clean the face with a club that would have gotten him to the green, he decided to put in 80 yards.

That was when things took a turn for the worse, when Migliozzi laid a wedge in front of the green fat and in a grassy bank near the water. However, he found the ball and tried to play it, only to fire the shot against a five-foot stone wall serving as the shot for the green.

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Unable to make the next shot, Migliozzi took an unplayable one and decided to head back to the fairway and take his chances, with his sixth shot, from about 30 yards.

“Oh, he’s chopped it up again,” the Golf Channel announcer said as Migliozzi’s sixth shot landed back into the grassy bank. “He’s got more hits than the Beatles down here.”

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Full-field scores from the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Migliozzi needed two more shots to finally get his ball on level ground with the green, although he was still on the edge and eight. From there, he chipped to 2 feet and rolled into the putt for double digits.

The same announced and then exclaimed, “Wow, this is sad.”

That’s one way of saying it.