The European Tour has been hogging a Guinness world record, so the growing group of players on staff with our friends at 18Birdies decided to start a little record war.
In each of the last two years, a team of four European Tour players -- one from France, then one from England -- has set a new Guinness world record for the fastest time to play a hole as a foursome. The videos have been really cool to see as Player A tees off and carts down as Player B waits for the ball to settle to hit the approach, which is chipped or putted by Player C and, if all goes right, finished off by Player D in a record time.
As of November 2017, the record was 32.7 seconds to complete a 500-yard hole. The foursome of Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Matthew Southgate managed to one-up the South Africans by less than a second to claim it ahead of the Turkish Airlines Open.
So, that was the water mark for Stephan Jaeger, Tom Lovelady, Lanto Griffin and Andrew Yun to beat. Could the four PGA Tour rookies wanted to take down the record.
On the first try, the guys completed the hole in 30.16 seconds. But that wasn't good enough. They wanted to smash the mark. So they tried again. That one didn't go as smoothly. The third attempt had an impressive sandy, but it wasn't a better time.
The fourth try -- which featured a drive caroming off a tree and a blown-by birdie putt -- was the clincher. The hole was done in 27.88 seconds, crushing the old record.
This whole thing kind of makes me want to do it with a threesome and see if we can't own a world record. Who wants to join me?