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The fastest rounds in tournament golf

 

Slow play is one of the fastest growing issues in golf. The anger of amateur golfers sat at home yawning at their TV screens while watching tour pro’s complete a five hour round.

Despite The European Tour plan to eradicate slow play, golfs leading organisations are still battling with players to speed up their game.

To lighten the mood on slow play we discovered some of the fastest rounds in professional golf.

Here are some of the fastest rounds in PGA Tour history: 

Kevin Na – One Hour, 59 minutes

A recent example of a fast round is Kevin Na at the FedEx Cup Tour Championship in 2016. The American completed 18 holes at East Lake in one hour 59 minutes, with caddy Kenny Harms.

Na previously had an enhanced reputation for taking his time, but shooting a 69 in under two hours resolved the issue.

Boo Weekley – Two Hours, 15 Minutes

At 45 years old, Boo Weekley shot 73 in 2 hours 15 at Muirfield Village. The American went out at 8am to tie for 71st at The Memorial.

Although he did not break any records, Weekley admitted it was one of the fastest rounds he’d ever played.

John Daly & Mark Calcavecchia – Two Hours, Three Minutes

At the 1992 Players Championship John Daly and Mark Calcavecchia went round in 2 hours 3 minutes. After the round PGA officials discouraged it, after they were accused of not taking the game seriously.

Calcavecchia shot (81) and Daly (80) who both ended up with a fine by the PGA Tour, but in typical fashion the amount was never disclosed.

This sparked controversy between players as Bob Tway, who was playing as a single in front of Daly and Cal. Tway shot 72 and finished in 2 hours 5 minutes, Tway was never fined.

Gene Sarazen & George Fazio – One Hour, 57 Minutes

In 1947, Gene Sarazen and George Fazio shot 70 and 76 respectively, going round in 1 hour 57 minutes, and finishing tied 26th and tied 39th.

At the time this was the fastest round in a professional tournament and an unofficial PGA Tour record which lasted 41 years.

George Bayer & Jack Fleck – One hour 52 minutes

At the 1960 Masters George Bayer and Jack Fleck shot 72 and 74 in 1 hour 52 minutes, in comparison to Nick Faldo who took four hours that year and shot 71.

Bayer and Fleck still hold the record for the fastest round ever played at Augusta.

Wesley Bryan –  One hour 28 minutes

Wesley Bryan played as a single during his final round at the BMW PGA, getting round Quail Hollow in one hour 28 minutes.

Bryan made three birdies, one bogey and 14 pars to shoot 69.

 The Fastest Round:

Mark O’Meara and Greg Norman played the final round of the 1998 Tour Championship at Pebble Beach in 1 hour 24 minutes. This is the fastest round on golfing record.

Both scoring 79 and finishing in a ver respective 29th and 30th around one of the toughest courses on the PGA calendar.

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