Keeping Score

Swede sprints to European Tour’s fastest round

Sebastian Soderberg might have been in last place entering the final day of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, but after a 96-minute round, he shouldn't be regarded as a man going nowhere in a hurry

96: Time, in minutes, that Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg needed to play his final round as a solo Sunday in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, a European Tour record. Soderberg, 29, who teed off by himself at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai upon entering the final round in last place, ran between shots, forcing his caddie, younger brother Jasper, to keep up. “I felt like it would be a fun thing to do,” Soderberg said, “and I didn’t necessarily think that it would hurt my game too much at some points. … I took my time on putts and normal shots and just ran in between.” Soderberg made one birdie and four bogeys, shot 3-over 75 and finished 70th among the 71 players who made the cut, at 10-over 298 (scores). Wesley Bryan holds the record for fastest round on the PGA Tour: 89 minutes, in the final round of the 2017 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.


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