Saturday, 04 November 2017
Fitzpatrick and cameraman  (European Tour)
Fitzpatrick and cameraman (European Tour)

A day after the release of the “Fastest Hole of Golf: Part 2”, we decided to peel back the layers on the stunt and highlight some of things you may have missed in the video. Before you rewatch the stunt, read below to pick up on a few things you may not have noticed when watching for the first time.

Here’s nine things you might have missed:

1. The return of Levy and Wattel

“Team

Having broken the record last year, France’s Romain Wattel and Alex Levy were the only two players to feature in the second edition of the Guinness World Records attempt who also took part in the original. Both hit the same shots as well, with Wattel hitting the tee shot and Levy on the fairway.

2. France could have had the record

“Team

Look closely at the clock during the French team’s attempt and you will see that had Matthieu Pavon’s putt dropped, Team France would have registered a time of just under 32 seconds

3. South Africa did have the record

“SA”

While Team England now hold the record for the “fastest hole over 500 yards played by a team of four”, South Africa did in fact hold the record for a very short amount of time. Dylan Frittelli’s birdie putt dropped 32.96 seconds after Brandon Stone hit the tee shot, breaking the 34.8 second record set by France last year in Valderrama. Sadly for George Coetzee and his team, the English boys bettered that time shortly after.

4. The difference between South Africa’s time and England’s time

“Waiting

Incredibly, the time difference between the two teams attempts was just 0.26 seconds. Initially the English team did not think they had finished quick enough to better the South African’s time but after reviewing the footage, the Guinness World Records adjudicator announced the official times, giving England the title by the smallest of margins.

5. Wattel and his driver

“Wattel

You may not have noticed that Romain Wattel actually hit two shots in the video with his driver. Having hit an impressive shot off the tee, the 26 year old had to rush to the green to hit his team’s fifth shot and didn’t have time to reach for his putter. He tapped in with his driver for a time of 55.62 seconds.

6. “Be good!”

“Porteous”

Alex Levy’s famous “be good” shout from the original Fastest Hole video was brought back to life by the man himself after hitting his approach on the 15th hole at Regnum Carya. Haydn Porteous joined in by using the same shout when he hit his eight iron during the South African’s attempt.

6. Hatton picking up his tee

“Hatton”

Despite trying to play the hole as fastest as possible, England’s Tyrrell Hatton took time after his drive to pick up his tee before jumping on a buggy and racing to the tee. Thanks for cleaning up Tyrrell!

7. Southgate trying to steal the flag

“Southgate”

Often after winning a tournament, a player’s caddie will remove the pin flag on the green and the player will keep it as a memento. Look again and you will see Matt Southgate attempting to take the flag out of the hole before joining his English teammates running back down the fairway in celebration.

8.  There was over 26 hours of footage

“Fitz”

Whilst fun to watch, these videos are a huge production. Planning began weeks ago and 28 members of staff, using 14 cameras, produced over a 26 hours of footage. That content was then digested, trimmed and edited to produce the versions you have enjoyed online. 

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