Golf isn’t a sport known for speed, but there’s still a Guinness World Record for fastest hole played.
The rules are pretty simple: four-person teams start at different points of the hole. One tees off, which starts the clock. The second player waits in the fairway, and runs to the ball to hit the approach as soon as it stops moving. The remaining two players wait around the green to finish it off.
It’s a format that plenty of local golf outings employ for a hole, just as a way to give out a box of ProV1s to a winning team, much like they have closest to the pin holes or long-drive holes. But when professional players are involved, the times can be absurdly fast.
Last year, a four-man Spanish team made up of pros led by Sergio Garcia set a new record. And they didn’t just set it; they halved it, chopping it from 68 seconds down to 34.87 seconds. Now, the European Tour staged a second attempt, featuring three new teams, featuring players from England, France, and South Africa.
Here’s what happened:
England, led by Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Tyrell Hatton, won out, although watching in real-time, it felt like South Africa’s attempt was faster. But when you’re talking tenths of seconds, it’s not like perception is a very reliable source of information.
The European Tour is so good at things like this, it’s a bit of a shame the PGA Tour can’t match their social media/digital media output. Getting golfers in different situations and loosening up the image of the game can only be a good thing.
Also there should be more night golf. That should be a thing.