Two Australians, Morgan Ruig and Evan Shay, faked their way into the North Korean Open by pretending they were professional golfers.
As you can see in the video, they made it out unscathed, and therefore pulled off one of the most elaborate and hilarious pranks in golf and even sports history.
How did they do it? They were in Beijing for a polo tournament and decided to email the North Korean Open. That’s it, just a simple email. Officials didn’t have a great way to check whether they were professional golfers or not, and I’m sure they would never suspect they were getting pranked. The lads received a response saying they’d been accepted to play in Pyongyang.
Ruig and Shay, a real estate agent and builder respectively, had Australian blazers made so they would look the part when they got there. They were accepted when they got there and even participated in official ceremonies for the tournament.
The one problem? They can’t golf, at least not well. One of them hit the ball “only” 120 yards and his North Korean caddie told him that he had “brought great shame upon his family”.
Officials soon realized that these two were imposters, but for some reason they let them play on. They came in second and third to last, beating out only the Nepalese ambassador’s 15-year-old daughter.
They went through the whole ordeal and came out unharmed and back in their own country. If you think that’s it though, you’re wrong. They want to compete in the Somali Open in March, and vow that this time they might practice enough to look convincing.