Many professional footballers show a flare for golf once they hang up their boots, but Milan legend Andriy Shevchenko has taken his passion for the fairways a step further by participating in a professional tournament.
Despite playing off a retired-bank-manager handicap of two, the 2004 Ballon d'Or winner entered the Kharkov Superior Cup, a second-tier Challenge Tour tournament in his native Ukraine.
Unfortunately, after the first day of play on Thursday, left-handed Sheva failed to set the golfing world alight, shooting 12-over 84, bogeying eight holes of the front nine:
Shevchenko is undoubtedly used to shooting 12 over form his days at Stamford Bridge (Boom!) but it seems very unlikely he will make Friday's cut. According to Spanish newspaper AS, his long-term goal is to play golf at the Olympics.
While the 36-year-old shouldn't hold his breath for Rio 2016, he will receive a quantum of solace from the fact that he was definitely not the worst golfer of the Ukrainian tournament. That dubious honour went to went to Poland's Pawel Japol, who managed to shoot 37 over:
Presumably, he was using his clubs upside down on the 13th hole.
Anyway, we should get back to writing about football now...
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