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Video: Oosthuizen's 500-Yard, 120-Second Cart Path Drive

This Saturday Ballantine's Championship drive by former Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen is destined to be a classic for a number of reasons. Best of all may be the camera work, announcing and the obliviousness of the fans to the ball.

Just watch, you'll see what I mean:

Brett Rumford won the Ballatine's.

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Reader Comments (8)

Same thing happened Rumford in 2011, but with much funnier results...
04.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAV
Good thing it didn't make the turn at the end and start going the other way.
04.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn R
Gotta love those curbed cart paths...once in awhile they actually can help..otherwise theyre an eyesore.

Well judged Louis... too bad the ball didnt make it to that last right hand curve...then it wouldve been REALLY interesting.
04.29.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Pretty sure he only made par on the hole...
04.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJK
Despite the huge assist, the European Tour website only shows Oosthuizen scoring a 5 (par) on Saturdays first hole.
He parred the hole again on Sunday without the cart path assist. So, it was not much of an advantage!
04.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephenP
I saw this as it happened, and just kept hoping no one would impulsively pick it up. The announcing, noting it may be a record, not for distance, but for time in play, was just great!

Natural material cart paths that are porous, crushed granite being my first choice, would have deadened the ball, provided drainage, offered course protection, been more aesthetically pleasing, virtually stealth, offer mud free pathways, and I could go on.

Since the cost of the BW1 hovercraft cart will probably overshadow their usage, not to mention some drunk member turning a hand in to sausage stuffing, ripping out the terrible concrete and asphalt roads that are placed in the beauty offered at golf courses, to go to natural material pathways is a viable consideration. Less expensive initial costs would be a plus, while more maintenance would be a minus, but I have yet to be to GC where there is not unrepaired drop offs from the existing CPs, often around water coolers, or at teeing areas, usually mud filled, always willing to jerk the steering wheel from the driver's hands, and so I offer that *most* maintainenance crews might be ''driven'' (pun?- you make the call) to keep the CPs in good form. The one problem area is downhill rain washouts of material, but this has easy fixes when properly installed to begin with, and very steep areas should have proper surface for safety. ( the incline of the video was not ''steep'' for the purposes of these descriptions)

Anyway, pretty cool to put it on the Shack...good job, G.
04.29.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
He still had a mid iron layup on the next shot and then a pitch to the hole.

It was not like the hole was 700 yards. 500 yard tee shot is a slight exaggeration.
04.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Rep Monster
I am just so happy that happened on the Euro Tour and we didn't have to hear Gary McCord do that for two uninterrupted minutes.
04.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

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