Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/20/11

Now that Kim Jong Il has passed away, I am starting to realize that I should have paid more attention to him while he was alive. The ruler of North Korea was truly a remarkable man, and while many stories have been told about him before I never took note of the fact that he was such an incredibly talented sportsman. In addition to giving North Korea’s World Cup teams “regular tactical advice,” Kim Jong Il was also reportedly the most naturally-gifted golfer to ever roam the earth. Here is one of many facts that the Herald Sun shared with us that were at one time printed about Kim Jong Il in North Korea.

In 1994, Pyongyang media reported that Kim Jong-Il shot an amazing 11 holes-in-one to achieve an unprecedented 38-under-par game on a regulation 18-hole golf course – on his first try at golf. Reports say each of his 17 bodyguards verified the record-breaking feat.

Amazing. After all this time of thinking Tiger Woods was the best in his prime and praising Rory McIlroy, we now realize that North Korea’s former leader is likely the greatest golfer to ever live.  For those of you who are skeptical: his 17 bodyguards confirmed it.  That’s 17 people.  Obviously they didn’t just have his best interests in mind.  Most golfers go through life hoping they can experience a hole-in-one. Kim Jong Il got to enjoy 11 in one round.  I’m speechless.

H/T to Off the Bench for calling our attention to this miraculous achievement.

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