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Breaking 80 in 39 minutes

Golfweek    view all articles from this source
published 07 Nov 2013


Rob Hogan shot 77 at Old Macdonald at Bandon Dunes Resort to win the Speedgolf World Championships.
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By Jeff Rude, Golfweek

This story sounds like fiction, as if there are typographical errors in the numbers. But itís documented, so here are the amazing facts: Irishman Rob Hogan shot 77 at Old Macdonald in only 39 minutes, 31 seconds Saturday. The next day he shot 79 in 41:24 at Bandon Dunes.

And so he won something called the Speedgolf World Championships at Bandon Dunes Resort in Oregon. In a competition that adds strokes to time for final score, Hogan had the fastest time each day. He finished at 236.55, or 5.79 better than the runner-up.

Hogan won an event that featured two 72s and two Olympic medal winners in middle-distance races. Only one of the 25 professionals failed to break 100. Twenty-six amateurs, ranging in age from 20s to 50s, also competed. Players carried a handful of clubs and ran down fairways holding the handle of their small bags.

Playing 18 holes in less than 40 minutes, and without a cart, doesnít sound like much fun. Hogan, after all, averaged about 2 minutes, 12 seconds per hole.

But I suppose blur golf does have advantages. Hogan doesnít have to wait until the weekend to play 36 holes; he can do it during his lunch break.

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