Cape Town - One of the
most enthralling record-breaking attempts is back and maybe even better than
England broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest hole of
golf ever recorded at the Turkish Airlines Open.
South Africa quartet Brandon
Stone, Haydn Porteous, Dylan Frittelli and their captain George Coetzee went
from tee to hole in an impressive 32.96 seconds, leaving England having to go
even faster to break the record.
Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Ian Poulter and Matthew Southgate made up the team
that set the new world record, narrowly beating the South Africa line-up that
also beat the previous best time held by France.
set the world record when their four-man relay team completed a 500-yard hole -
the minimum length hole for a world record attempt - in 34.87 seconds in Spain
While France failed to push their two opponents this time around, it
was clear that both England and South Africa had gone close on the 15th hole at
the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort.
an anxious wait, it was announced that England were the team that had broken
the record with a time of 32.7 seconds beating South Africa’s 32.9 seconds.
After Hatton hit the tee shot, Fitzpatrick played the approach shot, Poulter
hit it close and Southgate tapped in to set the new world record.
said: “It was a lot of fun taking part in the attempt but to actually come away
with a world record and have our names in the history books is something to be
proud of. It’s a great thing for the Turkish Airlines Open and hopefully we can
keep the record for a long time.”
Coetzee said: “It was so close and we hope that we
get another chance at the record next year.”
attempt was the start of a packed week at the Turkish Airlines Open, the third
last tournament on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai with 78 players competing
for a $7 million prize fund.