WHO SAYS PROS CAN’T PLAY FAST?

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Inside the Ropes -

How do you speed up the pace of play in pro golf? Sim­ple. Just change the ob­ject of the game. Of­fi­cials on the Euro­pean Tour – main­tain­ing the clear ad­van­tage over their PGA Tour peers in the “let’s have some fun” de­part­ment – con­ducted an en­ter­tain­ing ex­per­i­ment be­fore the Open de Es­paña to see just how fast their play­ers could play when mo­ti­vated. Three four­balls rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent countries at­tempted to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest hole in golf while play­ing Valder­rama’s par-5 fourth. (Guinness re­quired the hole be 500 yards or longer). Team France (Raphael Jac­quelin, Gre­gory Havret, Ro­main Wat­tel and Alex Levy) shat­tered the mark, halv­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 68 sec­onds with their birdie that took just 34.8 sec­onds to com­plete. Team Den­mark fin­ished sec­ond, thanks to a long birdie putt from Thor­b­jørn Ole­sen, in 49 sec­onds. Team Spain, de­spite a pep talk from Ser­gio Gar­cia, fin­ished a dis­tant third at 1:18 af­ter Gar­cia found the wa­ter haz­ard. Didn’t re­ally mat­ter. This wor­thy ex­er­cise was more about how than how many.

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