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Speedgolf World Championship sees winner crowned in 46 minutes

You could be out of breath after reading this! The 2014 Speedgolf World Championship was held at Brandon Dunes Golf Resort this weekend, with Eri Crum of Idaho coming in the winner with a 4-over par 76 – and he did it in 46 minutes, 1 second.

The absurd statistic sounds even more wacky when you realise he would have only spent an average of about 2 minutes, 30 seconds per hole. Who says golfers aren’t great athletes!

Crum, a former golfer at Stanford during the Tiger Woods era, did not make a birdie in his 4-over performance, although he did manage to par 15 of the 18 quick fire holes.

“I’ve found you need to be more than just a golfer to win an event like this – you have to be an athlete,” Crum later explained in a release. “It’s a big deal to win a world championship, but to win the Speedgolf World Championship at a golf mecca like Bandon Dunes really means a lot."

Rob Hogan of Galway, Ireland, finished second in the closest-ever finish the event has witnessed in its three-year history. His total score, with strokes combined with time, came in at 122.57 (83 in 39:57), just .56 behind Crum’s 122.01.

The exciting event was forced to scale back to 18 holes after severe winds cancelled the first round at the Old Macdonald Course, but that did not detract from what was a fantastic event.