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Questions over Aussie golf pranksters

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 David Sigston

A story about two Australian pranksters who bluffed their way into a tournament at the exclusive Pyongyang golf course where the late Kim Jong-il is said to have hit 11 hole-in-ones seems too good to be true right?

Right; because Evan Shay and Morgan Ruig's tale of hitting the links at the North Korean Amateur Golf Open appears to be just that: a tall tale.

While the prank has spread across the globe like a weekend hack's driving range effort, according to CNN the pair were merely part of an annual event hosted by a UK-based tour company.

The story the pair fed the media is they were in China for a polo event when they stumbled upon the idea of something slightly more exotic.

They alleged they emailed the event organisers, and upon being accepted as Australian representatives they found a tailor in Beijing who put together a very official looking green blazer complete with an Australian emblem.

The pair said they were very well looked after with hotel accommodation, food and drinks.

However, a photo album on Lupine Travel's Facebook page shows the pair alongside a host of other "competitors" including a bride and groom in their wedding outfits.

Their website says the tour includes visa, train travel, hotels, meals, guides and tournament entry.

The pair shot 120 and 126 respectively.

Shay and Ruig have been sought for comment.

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