Celebrities play Britain’s fastest ever round of golf
A team of celebrities including TV presenter Chris Evans and European Tour legend Colin Montgomerie has set a new British record for the fastest ever round of golf.
The star-studded team, which included eight of the world’s top golfers, played18 holes in under 11 minutes at the London Golf Club in Kent, England, on Saturday.
Evans, a BBC Radio 2 DJ and One Show presenter, holed the final putt for a time of 10 minutes and 53 seconds, beating the previous record by one minute and 54 seconds.
The record breaking round took place at Golf Live, the UK’s largest interactive golf exhibition, which was held at The London Golf Club over three days from May 18-20.
“Adrenaline always gets you going. To be frank, we had a practice earlier in the day and weren’t sure how things were going to go, but everybody did brilliantly and played their part.”
The feat was completed on the London Golf Club’s Jack Nicklaus-designed Heritage Course, with the team completing nine circuits of the 10th and 18th holes – creating a 6,183-yard par-72 course.
Ryder Cup winning captain Colin Montgomerie and European Tour player Oli Fisher hit tee shots on the 10th and 18th holes.
Nine-time Major winner Gary Player, victorious Solheim Cup captain Alison Nicholas, Ladies Scottish Open Champion Carly Booth and Evans chipped and putted for the team.
In between, European Tour players Rhys Davies and Benn Barham were positioned to play approach shots from the fairways along with Ladies European Tour player Melissa Reid.
While speed was valued over accuracy the players still registered an impressive four-over-par score of 76, despite scoring an eight on the first hole.
Montgomerie’s accuracy off the tee kept the team on track for the record as seven of his nine tee shots hit the fairway while on the green Alison Nicholas holed two crucial birdie putts.
The team was also helped by low handicap golfers who were BBC Radio 2 listeners and handpicked by Chris Evans to hit any errant shots back towards the greens.
BBC golf commentators Andrew Cotter and Iain Carter commentated on the record breaking attempt and announced the official time and a new world record for Golf Live.
The record-breaking 18 holes was the closing action to day two at Golf Live.
Golf Live aims to give golf fans the chance to meet some of the game’s greatest players and learn skills, hints and tips in clinics and demonstrations.
For more information about Golf Live, visit www.golfliveevent.com