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A former Major League Baseball player has set a new world record for the most golf holes played in a day.

Eric Byrnes, who played for the likes of Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners during a ten-year career in the MLB, played an incredible 420 holes in a 24-hour period at the Ritz Half Moon Bay in California earlier this week.

That’s the equivalent of 17.5 holes per hour – a hole every three-and-a-half minutes!

Byrnes, who used in a golf-in-the-dark ball during the hours of darkness, comfortably smashed the previous record of 401 holes set in 1971 and had a Guinness World Records representative there to officially record it.

There was a serious side to his efforts, too. Byrnes undertook the challenge to raise awareness for his “Let Them Play Foundation,” an organisation dedicated to fighting inactivity among children.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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