The Grind: 18 holes with the most avid golfer in the WORLD

Alex Myers talks about playing golf with Barry Gibbons, the man who has walked more rounds this year than any golfer in history.

Released on 10/17/2016

Transcript

00:00
So, I recently became a part of golf history,
00:02
a small, tiny, microscopic part, that is,
00:05
when I played 18 holes with Barry Gibbons.
00:08
Who is that, you ask?
00:09
Only the most avid golfer in the history of the world.
00:12
The 57 year old Gibbons is in the process of shattering
00:15
the records for rounds walked in a year.
00:18
After passing the previous mark of 611 in September,
00:21
his new target?
00:22
850 rounds.
00:25
That's right, 850.
00:28
Think about that for a second.
00:30
That's 40 rounds of golf per year, for more than 20 years,
00:33
or 20 rounds of golf, for more than 40 years.
00:36
Break it down even further
00:38
and that comes out to about 2.3 rounds of golf
00:40
per day for an entire year.
00:44
And you thought you loved playing the game.
00:46
I played round number 603 with Gibbons,
00:49
minutes after he completed round number 602,
00:52
and minutes before he tee'd off for round number 604.
00:56
And since he's lost nearly 30 pounds
00:58
playing golf during the day, Gibbons spends his nights
01:01
eating tubs of ice cream.
01:03
Seriously.
01:04
This guy is living the dream, folks.
01:06
I know you have a few questions.
01:08
Is he retired? Yes.
01:10
Does he have a wife? Yes.
01:12
Is he really tan?
01:14
Yes.
01:16
Is he crazy?
01:18
Possibly.
01:19
I asked Barry what he planned to do after this year is over,
01:22
and he said he'd like to sit on a beach chair for a month.
01:25
After all, carrying a golf bag
01:27
the equivalent of New York to California and back
01:30
takes a toll on the body.
01:32
So, he plans to take it easy on the golf course next year,
01:35
by only playing 400 rounds.
01:37
Cheers to you, Barry.
01:39
We think that record's pretty safe for a while.
01:41
(hip hop music)
More from golfdigest.com
Equipment The Complete Hot List
Equipment The Complete Hot List
Golf Culture Most Annoying Golfers
Golf Culture Most Annoying Golfers
Instruction How To Do Everything
Instruction How To Do Everything
News & Tours Blog: Stay In The Loop
News & Tours Blog: Stay In The Loop
Ranking 100 Greatest Courses
Ranking 100 Greatest Courses
Cover Story Paulina Gretzky
Cover Story Paulina Gretzky