Crum wins Speedgolf World title

Eri Crum, who played on the golf team with Tiger Woods at Stanford, captured the 2014 Speedgolf World Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Brandon, Ore.

Crum of Boise, Idaho, carded a 4-over par 76, and he did it in 46 minutes, 1 second. That works out to an average of a little more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds per hole.

“I’ve found you need to be more than just a golfer to win an event like this, you have to be an athlete,” said Crum, who made 15 pars, two bogeys and a double bogey in his round.

“It’s a big deal to win a world championship, but to win the Speedgolf World Championship at a golf mecca like Bandon Dunes really means a lot.”

Defending champion Rob Hogan of Galway, Ireland, finished a close second to Crum. Hogan’s total score — strokes combined with time — of 122.57 (83 in 39:57), was .56 behind Crum’s 122.01.

It was the closest finish in the three-year history of the event.

The Speedgolf World Championship generally is a 36-hole event, but was reduced to 18 holes after severe winds wiped out the first round at Bandon Dunes’ Old Macdonald Course.

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