Korn Ferry Tour Player Completes Final Round In An Hour And A Half

Sam Saunders completed his final round of the Club Car Championship in 1 hour 36 minutes

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Unfortunately the game of golf sometimes gets the wrap of being a slow game, with an average round taking approximately four hours to complete. In the professional ranks, these averages can be slightly higher, with longer courses and large amounts of prize money at stake.

With the issue of speed, it definitely wasn't the case for Sam Saunders, who, at the Club Car Championship, took just 1 hour 36 minutes to complete his final round.

Playing on the Korn Ferry Tour, the 34-year-old raced around his final 18 in six-over-par, signing for a 78 which was also the same score as his previous days play. Teeing off at 7.14am, the American was finished before 9 o'clock, with his round consisting of four birdies, six bogies and two doubles, as he finished dead last. 

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Saunders' best career result came at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open, where he lost in a play-off

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Saunders, who is the grandson of the legendary Arnold Palmer (opens in new tab), was at one point nine holes ahead of the group behind him, with the American taking an average of 1 minute 15 seconds per shot over the 6,877-yard layout of The Landings Club - Deer Creek Course.

According to Saunders' caddie, Hunter O'Mahony, the official time was “1 hour 36 minutes,” with O’Mahony responding to the Fire Pit Collective’s Ryan French, who first spotted the round online. 

So, was Saunders' round the quickest on Tour? Well, almost. That title still sits with Wesley Bryan who, at the 2017 BMW Championship, raced around Conway Farms in a ridiculous 1 hour 29 minutes (opens in new tab)

Bryan was in fact tweeting Saunders as the round went on, with the American writing: “Nice try Sam,” as his countryman came up just short with his speed trial attempt. 

Along with Bryan and Saunders, Joaquin Niemann has also dabbled in a little bit of speed golf (opens in new tab), with the 23-year-old completing his final round of the Tour Championship in 1 hour 53 minutes.

Following Brooks Koepka's withdrawal on Saturday night, Niemann was forced to play the final round by himself and, just like Kevin Na in 2016, the Chilean decided to make some fun out of the day at a tournament where he was well out of contention. In the end, he would complete his round at East Lake in just under 2 hours.

Matt Cradock
Matt Cradock

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.