Former baseball major-leaguer Eric Byrnes set a world record by playing 420 holes of golf in a 24-hour span Monday and Tuesday on the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links in California.
Take note, PGA Tour.
Byrnes played for the Oakland A’s, Arizona Diamondbacks and three other teams from 2000-10. He has become an endurance athlete since he ended his baseball career. Byrnes, a resident of Half Moon Bay, took on this quest to earn a golfing spot in the “Guinness Book of World Records” in part to raise awareness for the “Let Them Play Foundation.”
Byrnes began play Monday at 7 a.m. Pacific time and enjoyed cooperative weather during his 24-hour sprint.
Byrnes offered a clinic in swift play and rarely slowed to set or ponder his next shot. His style was described by the Half Moon Bay Review as “hitting shots with a motion that might be more common in polo than golf.”
Byrnes set the record of 402 holes at 5:31 a.m., Pacific time Tuesday. He added 18 holes to the record over the next 89 minutes, finishing with 420.
In contrast, J.B. Holmes won the Genesis Open earlier this year after his group took 5 hours, 29 minutes to complete the final round.
The “Let Them Play Foundation” is dedicated to helping children play sports outdoors. Athletes from the Half Moon Bay area who were helped by the foundation also followed Byrnes during his record run.
And if this video doesn’t get you moving, there’s nothing we can do.