Wes Roach promised he'd play a fast round of golf Sunday in the final round of the Wyndham Championship, and he didn't disappoint. In fact, he shot his best score of the tournament -- a 5-under 65, including seven birdies -- despite burning through 18 holes in less than two and a half hours.
The next closest group was six holes behind when Roach finished up with a par at No. 18. And there were still 42 golfers waiting to start their rounds.
How fast did Roach play? The final group at the European Tour's Made in Denmark tournament still had five holes to play, and there's a six-hour time difference between Greensboro and Aalborg, Denmark. (However, factor in a 90-minute suspension of play for heavy rain, but still.)
Fast rounds aren't always the norm in a sport where "on the clock" is a phrase no one wants to hear, but there was a quicker one earlier this season on the PGA Tour. Max Homa's caddy, Joe Greiner, clocked Homa's round at the Puerto Rico Open in March at just a tick under two hours.
And here was Homa's take:
Roach's round perhaps wasn't one of the fastest in professional golf history, but with seven birdies, nine pars and only two bogeys over 2:25, it has to be one of the best.
According to England's Golf Today website, the fastest unofficial professional round was in the 1998 Nabisco Championship at Pebble Beach, when Mark O'Meara and Greg Norman both shot 79 in the final round to finish last and next to last, taking one hour and 24 minutes.
Just to show that slow golf is a relatively new phenomenon, in 1960, George Bayer and Jack Fleck played 18 holes at Augusta in the final round of the Masters in 1:52, with Bayer shooting 72 and Fleck 74. That was five minutes quicker than what Gene Sarazen and George Fazio were able to accomplish in 1947, but Sarazen shot 70 that day.