Wisecracking Robot Faces Golf Pro In Accuracy Challenge

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There are a lot of things that could be written on my tombstone when I die, ranging from insightful to heartwarming to pun-filled buffoonery. But if we’re just talking universal truths about me as a person, I’d be perfectly fine with, “Nicholas Carl Venable: He Didn’t Give Two Shits About Golf,” and a picture of me defecating into the 18th hole. I seriously doubt anyone in my family will pay to have this made, least of all my golf enthusiast brother-in-law, but I might have found something to counterbalance my disinterest, a professional golfer taking on a robot. Now I have something to cheer for!

As part of the promotion for the Irish Open leg of the PGA European Tour, 2012 Race to Dubai champion Rory McIlroy faced off against the Golf Laboratory Computer Controlled Hitting Machine, Jeff for short, in a series of accuracy challenges at Scotland’s Gleneagles Golf Club. The contest involved hitting balls into washing machines. That may sound like an odd competition, but it’s in reference to a video where a 9-year-old McIlroy performed a chip shot into a washing machine on an Irish talk show.