Soderberg & # 039; 96-minute round establishes European Tour Record

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Sebastian Soderberg won his only European Tour event at the European Masters in Switzerland in September 2018

The Sebastian Soderberg in Sweden recorded the fastest time for 18 holes on the European Tour when he came around in the Dubai Desert Classic in 96 minutes.

First, teeing in the final round, he had a local marker and his caddy – his brother Jasper – for business.

Running between shots, Soderberg, 29, shot three over – a better score than 30 golfers playing at normal pace.

"I felt it was fun to do and didn't necessarily think it would harm my game too much," he said.

Soderberg, who went to the Emirates (Majlis) of course at 7:10 am, defeated the previous best of 119 minutes by Thomas Pieters from Belgium.

"I just tried to play as fast as possible," said Soderberg, who beat Rory McIlroy in a play-off to win the European Masters last September in his only win in the European Tour.

"The most important thing was my brother on the bag. He had the big task because he was running almost non-stop.

" He was enthusiastic this morning and that helped. He said: & # 39; Let's do it & # 39 ;.

"We've talked about it before. If it was a par three, he would go up there [on the green] and wait. On parfours and five, he just left the right clubs."

The European Tour has introduced a new pace of play this year to speed up the game and tackle a problem that eliminates spectators.

Two bad times during a tournament can lead to a stroke penalty and as a result, three-ball rounds at the Abu Dhabi Championship last week – the first event under the new guidelines – were 10 minutes faster than they had been in 2019

Soderberg & # 39; s efforts were praised on social media by fellow players.

At the business end of the Dubai tournament, Lucas Herbert of Australia defeated South African Christiaan Beizuidenhout at the second extra hole to claim his first European Tour title after both players finished in nine.

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