English quartet sets Guinness world record for fastest golf hole played by a foursome
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English quartet sets Guinness world record for fastest golf hole played by a foursome

The European Tour and its players have a lot of fun playing golf around the world, and they've even set some Guinness world records in the process.

In 2016, a French quartet set a world record for the fastest golf hole (par 4) played by a group of four players. Some 18 months later, that group of four players, along with a group of four players each from England and South Africa, came back for more. Player A tees off, Player B hits the approach, Player C hits a third shot (or first putt) and Player D is there to clean up.

The previous record challenged at the Open de Espana in April 2016 was 68 seconds, which was a joke. Raphael Jacquelin, Alex Levy, Gregory Havret and Romain Wattel smashed that mark, completing the 500-yard hole in 34.8 seconds.

This time around, the Frenchmen were not able to break the record when they couldn't make the par putt to finish off the hole, played under the lights at the Regnum Carya Resort in Turkey, site of the 2017 Turkish Airlines Open.

The South Africans went second, and they had themselves a temporary world record as they beat the previous mark by the French. However, the English team of Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Matthew Southgate managed to one-up the South Africans by less than a second. The new world record is 32.7 seconds.

For what it's worth, Bubba Watson claims to have broken all of these marks in April 2016 at the Shenzhen International, making an eagle 3 on a 504-yard hole in 23 seconds as a team. However, Guinness wasn't there to certify that attempt.

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