James and his friend Tom were playing a round of golf with their wives
early on a Sunday. It was a four ball, better ball format with a little
bit of cash on the line.
James stood on the 10th tee having
hooked his previous three tee shots, and to no one's surprise he hooked
his drive again. When he found his ball, it was right up against one of
the greens keeper’s buildings. His wife advised him to hit the shot
through a narrow gap between the side of the greens keepers building
and some branches.
"I can't do that," James said. "Look how
narrow that gap is!" But his wife was persistent in urging him on, and
she persuaded James to attempt the risky shot.
So James took a
mighty swing and struck the ball ... and the ball caromed off a tree
branch, ricocheted off the building and hit his wife in the head,
knocking her stone cold.
A week after the funeral, James and
another friend, Ashley, were having a round. James teed up the ball on
No. 10 and hit the exact shot he had hit a week before. He found his
ball in the same spot, and once again his partner advised him to hit
through the gap.
"No way," James said. "I can't hit that shot."
"Why not?" Ashley asked him.
"Well," James replied, "you know what happened last time."
"No, I don't," said Ashley. "What happened?"
"Well, last time I tried that shot," James said, "I made a double bogey!"