Rory McIlroy included in 60th edition of the Guinness World Records
Golf’s golden boy Rory McIlroy has been making headlines all year long – from his heavily publicised breakup with tennis ace fiancée Caroline Wozniacki – to his outstanding successes on the course. And his accomplishments haven’t gone unnoticed as he’s been placed among the weird and wonderful in the 60th edition of the Guinness World Records.
When the hugely popular annual hits shelves tomorrow, people will be able to read all about world no.1 Rory McIlroy from Co Down, who holds the record for the lowest total score in the US Open – sandwiched between feats such as the woman responsible for the planet’s largest yoyo and the proud owner of the world’s longest tongue!
However, McIlroy won’t be alone in having an impressive sporting feat published in the book, as it will also feature the most successful jockey in jump racing, Moneyglass man Tony McCoy, who holds the distinction of having the most jump racing wins in a season – 289 in 2001-2. He also has the most career wins – 4,106 from 1992 to 2014.
First published in 1955, the Guinness World Records book has become somewhat of a phenomenon, selling more than 132 million copies in 20 languages in more than 100 countries.
The latest edition of the book reflects on the last 60 years of record-breaking madness, while also featuring new additions to the wacky and downright hilarious Hall of Fame.
And there’s some truly odd feats to pour over too, including Karsten Mass, inventor of the world’s largest golf club which comes in measuring at 14ft 4in, and Londoner Yannick Read who has created the smallest known caravan in the world.
"We've still had to process around 50,000 claims in this past year alone, giving us plenty of new and updated records to choose from... and making it a really difficult task to decide what makes the final cut," explained book editor Craig Glenday.
Makes you wish you had been the one to collect 12,463 pieces of James Bond memorabilia like Lancashire film buff Nick Bennett has! Then again, that does sound like a bit of a commitment, so perhaps we’ll pass on it and just read the book instead.