WHO SAYS PROS CAN’T PLAY FAST?
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.