Breaking 80 in 39 minutes
07 Nov 2013
by Golfweek

-- Golfweek Photo
-- Golfweek Photo

By Jeff Rude, Golfweek

This story sounds like fiction, as if there are typographical errors in the numbers. But it’s 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, doesn’t sound like much fun. Hogan, after all, averaged about 2 minutes, 12 seconds per hole.

But I suppose blur golf does have advantages. Hogan doesn’t have to wait until the weekend to play 36 holes; he can do it during his lunch break.

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