Golfer breaks 80 in 40 minutes, twice, at Bandon

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Down on your game?

Well, this story likely won’t help.

This weekend at Bandon Dunes, Rob Hogan twice shot a sub-80 round – and needed only about, oh, 40 minutes to do it.  

Granted, he was competing at the Speedgolf World Championships, a 36-hole, two-day event in Oregon. He shot 77 at Old Macdonald in 39 minutes, 31 seconds. Then, a day later, he cruised around the Bandon Dunes course in 41 minutes, 29 seconds and required only 79 swipes. 

To win the 25-man pro division, a golfer must combine his total strokes with the total minutes and seconds it takes to complete a round. So, after adding it all up, Hogan’s score was 236.55.

That was slightly better than runner-up Eri Crum, who shot 80 in 45 minutes, 3 seconds and a 73 in 44 minutes, 31 seconds. Matt Dehlin, who shot 78 in 46 minutes, 6 seconds and 78 in 48 minutes, came in third.

The event even featured a few Olympic participants – in track and field.

Bernard Lagat, who won the 2007 world championship in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, competed in his first-ever golf tournament and recorded the fourth-fastest time in the final round. Meanwhile, Nick Willis, a silver medalist in the 1,500 meters at the 2008 Olympics, dropped to 13th place after a final-round 97 in 43 minutes, 7 seconds. 

Here's video of the event, via The Oregonian: