Paige Spiranac: Golf pin-up girl stuns haters with video proof of hole-in-one shot
Golf pin-up girl Paige Spiranac was mocked by haters after she claimed to have hit a hole in one in front of golf legend Gary Player, but she proved them wrong by posting video evidence of her stunning feat.
The former golf pro is mostly known for her modeling photoshoots on social media rather than her prowess at the links. It's worth noting, however, that the 28-year-old was once a professional after being a noted golfer in college. She has also garnered praise from the likes of ex-European Tour golfer Sophie Walker. Nonetheless, the social media sensation is frequently harassed by cynics on her posts, which often feature golf shots coupled with revealing outfits.
The athlete was challenged by critics online after she boldly claimed she "made a hole in one in front of Gary Player" — a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for any golfer. In order to prove that it really happened, she shared a clip of herself hitting the shot and then being congratulated by her group, which included nine-time Masters winner Gary Player, 85.
Made a hole in one in front of Gary Player— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) October 5, 2021
"And the video proof," Spiranac wrote alongside the video, which showed her wearing a form-fitting black outfit, albeit less revealing than her followers are used to seeing. The golfer wanted to be sure the stunning shot had been filmed and asked "did you get that?" before celebrating with her entourage. The spectacular drive played out at the 148-yard 14th hole at Glen Arbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, New York, where Spiranac participated in a charity event to fundraise for pancreatic cancer research. Player's wife Vivienne tragically died of the disease earlier this year.
Spiranac drew applause from several golfing pros, including Tiger Woods' half-niece Cheyenne Woods and fellow pros Sydnee Michaels and Kenzie O'Connell. However, the social media star has previously admitted she felt the world of golf was full of "stuffiness," having shunned her "because of her cleavage” and shamed her as “a s**t”.
Last month, Spiranac was asked whether people acknowledged that her scores would put her in the top 0.5% of women golfers across the globe. "I don’t think people realize how hard it is to make it and how good they are," she replied. "I can play but never got to that next level. Most of it was mental with me but you need the full package to play at that level. I had multiple scores in the 60s on the cactus tour. It’s documented. I played badly in two tournaments and that’s all people remember. Also, the courses are so difficult and long. We aren’t playing the front tees."
Spiranac described her DMs as "not pretty". She said she was used to being on the receiving end of nasty messages after analyzing male players, adding that it was "just something I face as a woman in sports."
"Anyone can have nice t**s," she said when asked about claims that she was popular only because of her chest. "You also need to have no shame and show them off. It’s hard work but someone has to do it."
Last year, Spiranac explained how her 34DD breasts helped her game. "It's never an issue, they're just kind of there," she said during a YouTube AMA. "Putting, chipping, really anything else you're pretty much set. And actually, I think it kind of helps because my arms are so connected I feel them touching petty much all the time. So you do feel connected instead of having that excessive space, so I use it to help me," she explained.
Having said that, Spiranac enjoys a following of more than 3.2 million on Instagram, which is around 500,000 more than Woods, making him the second-most highly followed golfer.