Two Australians Posing As Golfers Successfully Pranked North Korea

The Australian men managed to enter themselves in the North Korea Open by sending an email. They pulled it off with the kind of grace you'd have to see to believe.


Morgan Ruig and Evan Shay really, really wanted to visit North Korea. Or maybe they just wanted to see if they could get in. Or perhaps they just wanted to play the biggest prank in the history of pranks. Whichever way, mission accomplished.

In a stroke of genius, the two Australian men posed as professional golf players to enter into the North Korea Open in the capital city of Pyongyang, SB Nation reports.

The two tricksters had asked to play in an email to North Korea, and the North Korean officials weren’t able to verify. Hilariously, they just took Ruig and Shay’s word for it. So off they went to compete, and they’ve got the picture to prove it.

At one point, the officials realized the two were total phonies, to borrow the word from Holden Caulfield. As far as their professional lives go, Ruig is a real estate agent, and Shay is a builder. They consider their golf experience to be “barely casual,” which means they aren’t even kind of good. However, they continued to play like the two driven and determined lads they are.  

Perhaps the best start of this comical tale (which sounds very nearly tall, but is, in fact, as real as it gets) is how Ruig and Shay placed: second to last and third to last. The only competitor they beat was the 15-year-old daughter of the Nepalese ambassador.

Luckily, they made it out of the country safely without any governmental reprimands. While the feat is nothing short of historical, we don’t recommend anybody attempt to follow suit. It’s best to leave this sort of hoaxer fame to Ruig and Shay. 

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