Dallas amateur golfer Richard Lewis, 64, broke the Guinness World Record for rounds played in a single season on Sunday when he finished his 600th round of the year at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. Friend of the Blog Art Stricklin had the details on PGATour.com:
“Did you ever think I would get to 600 rounds?” Lewis smiled as he celebrated his golfing accomplishment before a few dozen people late Sunday.
“I thought 400 was tough and 500 was a stretch, but 600 was what I had in mind all the time,” he said. “It’s a huge relief and sense of accomplishment.”
In fact, Lewis felt he was slacking off on Sunday only doing 18 holes. He played 36 on Christmas Eve in cold rain and 36 more on Christmas day.
“I can’t remember the last time I did only 18 in a day,” he said after carding an 86 in cold conditions.
The previous record of 586 rounds was set in Ohio in 1998. Lewis, who walked all 600 rounds, didn’t appear to have a problem with the physical demands of the test, although he lost 35 pounds during the year. In truth, this record appears to be one of the more attainable world records. If they had the time, I know about 50 dudes who could pull this off. However, Lewis did do something truly remarkable: he convinced his girlfriend to approve.
His longtime girlfriend, Debbie Shaw, played some rounds with him at the beginning of the year, but rode in a cart to watch more and was on hand Sunday for photos.
‘”One thing, he’s certainly found out what persistence is,” she said.
Westwood’s caddie says only magic can stop his manCaddie Billy Foster says it’s just a matter of time before his boss Lee Westwood nabs that elusive first major victory, according to Reuters. What’s prevented Westwood from winning a major so far? Magic acts, Foster says:
“In four out of his last five majors he’s finished in the top three and all he’s got to do is keep doing more of what he is doing,” Foster told Reuters in a telephone interview. “Harry Houdini is not going to pitch up all the time like he did at the U.S. Masters this year. What Phil Mickelson did to him by birdying the eighth, 12th, 13th, 15th and 18th in the final round (to win) — that was unbelievable.
“People won’t keep doing that sort of thing to him in majors. All Lee can do is keep putting himself in position and his time will come,” added the experienced Foster who is recognized as one of the best caddies in the game.
Fantastic Four-some? They might not be your dream foursome (though the Thing could probably crush it), but the Fantastic Four superheroes were dreamed up on the golf course, according to The Telegraph UK.
Publisher Martin Goodman was said to have listened while his playing partner from rival DC Comics talked about the success they were having with a team of superheroes called the Justice League of America.
Goodman was said to have gone off and instructed Marvel writer Stan Lee: “If the Justice League is selling, why don’t we put out a comic book that features a team of superheroes?”
The result was The Fantastic Four, a team who gain distinctive powers after being exposed to cosmic rays on a scientific space mission, which they go on to use against enemies including Dr Doom, the Silver Surfer and Galactus.
Stray Shots: Things we saw while deciding that 2009 was the golden age of Golden Tee course design.
In a Washington Post article, Chinese golf-course developers are likened to the bad guys in Avatar.
President Obama is playing a lot of golf during his Hawaiian vacation. (Via Aloha Update)
In case you missed it on TV, Tiger Woods went to the Orlando Magic-Boston Celtics game on Christmas Day. (Via TMZ)
The headline of this Daily Express UK article says it all: 2010: The Year We Putt the Yanks in Their Place. Tiger, Phil, Dustin, you’re not going to let this slide, are you?