Iron Golfer Luke Willett Completes Barefoot 18 Holes In 42 Minutes

Golf is back in England! Nobody played a faster round than Luke Willett...

Iron Golfer Luke Willett
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Golf is back in England! And nobody played a faster round than Luke Willett...

Iron Golfer Luke Willett Completes Barefoot 18 Holes In 42 Minutes

Golf is back in England after a 12 week break as lockdown measures begin to ease.

Whilst many of us will be enjoying a leisurely four hour stroll, one golfer managed to complete 18 holes in less than 45 minutes!

Luke Willett, or the Iron Golfer as he's known, teed off at Woking Golf Club barefooted with just four clubs in the bag and got round in 42 minutes and 84 shots.

The PGA Pro even managed to keep the same ball for all 18 holes, not bad after three months off!

Luke teed off at 6.30am and tapped in his putt for an 84 just before 7.15am.

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"The morning was bright and early, woke up when it was dark outside by that's nothing unusual for me I'm a busy dad. I love to get out early and get my training in early so I can get back home for the kids and stuff," Luke told Golf Monthly.

"Woke up at 4.20am or something like that, hit the road, got to the golf course nice and early, teed off at 6.30, which was pretty much as soon as I took my shoes off, I was like 'Ah man I can feel the cold, better get going.'

"Then that video you posted recently, that was me whacking it down there. Fortunately it went straight, next one went straight and actually the mad thing about today was I played with my original ball from the first shot to that final hole."

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The barefooted 18 holes is just one of many incredible challenges Willett has undertaken.

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Last year he played the three W's (Woking, West Hill and Worplesdon) in under three hours!

In 2019, he played all 14 Open Championship venues in 10 days, cycling between each one.

He has also completed 18 holes at Sunningdale Heath Golf Club in just 26 minutes.

This latest challenge was in preparation for a mega 65 mile barefooted golf/running adventure on the Isle of Arran in June, where he'll be raising money for the Golf Foundation.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5