With a time to beat of 68 seconds, three teams of four golfers from Spain, Denmark and France set out to break the world record for the fastest hole of golf.

The teams were captained by Sergio Garcia (Spain), Raphaël Jacquelin (France) and Thorbjørn Olesen (Denmark).

The challenge took place on the par five fourth hole at Real Club Valderrama, ahead of the European Tour's Open de España.

Teams were allowed to place themselves at different stages of the hole in a relay format.


The hole had to be at least 457 metres (500 yards) long, and if the team took more than four shots, the order would reset and the player who teed off would take the next shot.

French captain Jacquelin was able to knock in a short birdie putt, giving the French team the world record as they finished the hole in 34 seconds, cutting the previous record in half.

The record-breaking team consisted of Jacquelin, Romain Wattel, Alexander Lévy and Grégory Havret.

The Danish team recorded what would have been a record-breaking 49 seconds if not for the French team's effort.

The Spanish team were not as fortunate as captain Sergio Garcia found water on his team's second shot. They finished in 78 seconds, ten seconds slower than the previous record.