English professional golfer Marcus Armitage and BMW touring car driver Paul O’Neill have successfully broken the world record for farthest golf shot caught in a moving car.
Talk about good driving - from both sides!
Armitage managed to hit the ball into the moving BMW maneuvered by O’Neill at 277.06m (908 ft 9.8 in).
It took the pair multiple attempts before beating the previous distance by 30 yards on Thursday April 8, 2021 at Elvington Airfield, York, UK.
Armitage used a Callaway Epic Driver to hit the ball 277m (303 yards) down the runway into the front passenger seat of the car.
The BMW M8 convertible was travelling at 71 mph (114 km/h) to catch the ball.
The European Tour and Callaway both approached Armitage and O’Neill to break the record set by F1 driver David Coulthard and golf professional Jake Shepherd 9 years ago.
On the day, both Armitage and O’Neill refused to back down from the challenge, with many tries.
There was one attempt where the golf ball managed to hit the windscreen and smash the glass.
But nothing stopped them from continuing and encouraging each other to keep going.
During one of their attempts, the ball had bounced up into the car making it a disqualified attempt.
However, this was unbeknownst to the two who celebrated energetically before the news broke that they had to try yet again.
After many dramatic attempts, the duo finally managed to combine perfectly to achieve the spectacular record title – congratulations to them both!
This is the fourth record attempt that European Tour has supported:
- 2016 - Fastest hole of golf by a team of four
- 2017 - Fastest hole of golf by a team of four
- 2019 - Fastest hole of golf by an individual