With so much great action happening in the sports world, it’s a perfect time to bring back the Guinness World Records Sports Blog.
This month, we’ll take a look at the record-breaking latest from the Six Nations, golf, and more from March. And make sure to check back at the end of every month for our round-up of the best of the best from the hardwood to the grass.
SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS
By the time Wales wrapped up its second straight win of the Six Nations this month, a number of both team and individual achievements had etched their way into the record books.
The Red Dragons, for one, took home the title on the strength of their play away from the Millenium Stadium, notching three of their four victories away from Cardiff. Its Week 4 triumph over Scotland in Edinburgh made it five consecutive road winsfor Wales in the Championships, the most ever in the competition. Coincidentally, that same match saw another record fall with 18 penalties taken, an international high.
On the individual front, Ireland’s Ronan O’Gara continued adding to his iconic career. O’Gara’s record career points and penalties totals in the competition extended to 557 and 109, respectively. He also continues as the most-capped player in Six Nations history, with 63 appearances, three ahead of teammate Brian O’Driscoll, who can take solace in having the most career tries in the tournament with 26.
And for some tournament history, England and France sit jointly atop the all-time table for wins with 47 victories each. Meanwhile, combined scoring dropped for the fourth consecutive season, as the nations’ aggregate 534 points and 37 tries were each the lowest ever for a campaign.
Not too long ago, anything seemed possible for Tiger Woods’ career. Most career majors? Most PGA Tour wins? Win the Masters left-handed?
Before his oft-discussed struggles off the course helped sink Woods down to the No. 58 world ranking in late 2011, Tiger ruled over the golf world like one would stand over a 2-foot putt.
After his two-shot win at this month’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods has scaled the mountain again, returning to the No. 1 ranking in the world for a record 624 th week. To put that in perspective, Woods has spent more time as the best golfer in the world than “Cheers” spent on television.
The victory was also Woods’ eighth at the Arnold Palmer, tying Sam Snead (Greater Greensboro Open) for the most wins of any single PGA Tour event.
AROUND THE WORLD
Elsewhere, the Chicago Blackhawks broke the NHL record for most consecutive games earning a point to start the season, going 21-0-3 before suffering their first loss on March 8. … Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets set the NBA record for most 3-pointers made in one half, draining 9 in the first half March 8 against Washington. … Bernard Hopkins proved advanced age is no reason to stop punching others for a living, becoming the oldest person to win a major boxing world title with his IBF Light Heavyweight belt win Tavoris Cloud on March 9 at a youthful 48 years 53 days old. …India’s Test cricket newcomer Shikhar Dhawan compiled an 85-ball hundred in the 3rd Test against Australia on March 16, the fastest century by a Test debutant.
Come back next time to see what April has in store. Can the NBA finish its season with a flourish? What will the Masters bring? The Grand National and Major League Baseball join the fray. Lots to look forward to, and we’ll see you next month!