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" I am famous" declared Tom, flashing a newspaper.

He showed me some scribbled numbers."Because of this, I made the papers" He said.

8 = 4

8 = 3

6 = 2

6 = 3

3 = -1

5 = 1

5 = 0

1 = -2

7 = 3

" I don't understand it but congratulations, Mr. Famous" I said

"That's only part of it. It cost me a lot of money too! But I am happy" Tom smiled.

What happened?

(and no, he did not pay the newspaper anything)

Hint 1

The writings were on a Scorecard

Hint 2

Only one of the row is the most important here

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    $\begingroup$ What happened to Grandpa? Is this grandpa when he was younger? $\endgroup$ – Deepthinker101 Nov 20 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ Ha Ha. Once you see the answer and check that against some of Grandpa's peculiarities you will understand. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Nov 20 at 19:53
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I think Tom might be:

A keen golfer (but not usually that great...)

The numbers represent:

The number of strokes taken to complete each of the holes on a 9-hole course (or the opening 9 holes of an 18-hole course, if "that's only part of it"), followed by the score of that shot compared to par for the hole (i.e. the expected number of shots):

Hole 1: 8 = 4 (4 over par on a par-4 = 8 shots total)
Hole 2: 8 = 3 (3 over par on a par-5 = 8 shots total)
Hole 3: 6 = 2 (2 over par on a par-4 = 6 shots total)
Hole 4: 6 = 3 (3 over par on a par-3 = 6 shots total)
Hole 5: 3 = -1 (1 under par on a par-4 = 3 shots total)
Hole 6: 5 = 1 (1 over par on a par-4 = 5 shots total)
Hole 7: 5 = 0 (par on a par-4 = 5 shots total)
Hole 8: 1 = -2 (2 under par on a par-3 = 1 shot total)
Hole 9: 7 = 3 (3 over par on a par-4 = 7 shots total)

This means that one of the rows is particularly remarkable:

That for Hole 8, where 1 = -2, since this implies that on this hole he managed to shoot a hole-in-one (on a par-3 hole).

This achievement is especially remarkable considering:

His game was all over the place in the holes leading up to this shot! I mean, seriously, he was 12 over par at that point!

Finally, to address Tom's comment that "It cost me a lot of money too" - this is likely because:

He has probably spent a lot of money on golf lessons, tuition, equipment and golf club membership over the years. Still, it's finally all paid off and he now has a great story to tell in the clubhouse after a round! (EDIT: And - of course - as the OP pointed out in the comments, tradition dictates that a golfer who shoots a hole-in-one must buy a round of drinks in the clubhouse for EVERYONE... and trust me, those drinks aren't cheap...)

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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Qvq vg pbfg uvz n ybg bs zbarl orpnhfr tbys vf rkcrafvir?) :) +1 $\endgroup$ – ThatOneNerdyBoy Nov 25 at 16:50
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    $\begingroup$ @ThatOneNerdyBoy rot(cebonoyl qhr gb yrffbaf, rdhvczrag naq tbys pyho zrzorefuvc) - but you're right, I should probably address that in my answer :) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Nov 25 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv Check with the Golfers. When you get Hole in 1 the tradition dictates that you buy drinks to every golfer on the course. VERY EXPENSIVE. Been there done that. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Nov 25 at 22:31
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    $\begingroup$ @DEEM Ah yes, of course! How could I forget that! (Facepalm) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Nov 25 at 23:00

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