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 greenskeeper’s buildings. His wife advised him to hit the shot through a narrow gap between the side of the 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 dead.
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!”