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Pro pars first hole at PGA Tour qualifier — then plays the next 8 at 33-over (!)

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He parred his first hole. He birdied his fifth. It was a 231-yarder, too.

And the others?

Buckle up. We’ll go from lowest to highest, include a question mark and end with a drive to the parking lot. 

A bogey five. 

A double-bogey five. 

A double-bogey six. 

A quadruple-bogey eight. 

A septuple-bogey 12. 

A tredecuple-bogey 13. 

A quintuple-bogey 10 — maybe. 

And then Syed Zaki was done. 

As first reported by the Fire Pit Collective’s Ryan French, the pro put together one of the wildest rounds you’ll see, with a par, a birdie and 63 other strokes, before withdrawing after nine holes. Playing this week’s pre-qualifier for the PGA Tour’s upcoming Bermuda Championship, Zaki finished with a 33-over 69 at Champions Gate Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.

Zaki’s playing partner, Nick Scheib, provided the detail to French for the event, which precedes the Monday qualifier. (And it’s here where you should pause your reading and give French a Twitter follow; his work on the subject matter is tireless.) 


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Starting on the back nine at Champions Gate, Zaki parred the par-4 10th, then took a 12 on the par-5 11th, a six on the par-4 12th, and an eight on the par-4 13th. On 11, according to French, he hooked three tee shots. 

On 14, Zaki birdied. According to French, Zaki hit a 3-wood to 18 inches on the 231-yard, par-3 hole.

On 15, Zaki tredecuple-bogeyed. According to French, he hit two tee shots. He took an unplayable. He hit into the penalty area. He hit the wrong ball. Zaki took a 17 on the par-4.

He bogeyed the par-4 16th and double-bogeyed the par-3 17th. On 18, according to French, Scheib said he estimated that Zaki had a 10. Then he withdrew. 

According to French, Scheib drove him to the parking lot (carts were allowed), and Zaki said he wanted to keep the scorecard. 

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is probably playing the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash away his score. You can reach out to him about any of these topics — his stories, his game or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.


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