Pro Golfer Shoots 17 on First Hole at Austrian Open

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A triple quadruple-bogey disfigured the scorecard of Russian professional golfer Andrey Pavlov after he hit into water six times over the 506-yard par 5 first hole at the Lyoness Austrian Open.

According to the BBC, the unspeakable number ranks second highest ever recorded in the history of the European Tour. Philippe Porquier, who had a 20 on a par 3 during the 1978 French Open, still holds the dubious distinction of being the worst of the worst Europeans.

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Pavlov’s dog day mercifully came to an end after he carded a 53 on the par 35 front nine and a one over par 37 on the back. That left the 28-year-old at 90 for the round, not good enough to make the cut.

Pavlov must be getting somewhat used to the high scores. Last year in the first round at the Lyoness Open, which is played at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, he shot an 87. He also shot 86 at the Kazakstan open in 2013. The Russian has not made a cut at any tournament this year.