This week is the WGC Dell Match Play Championship here in Austin. The top 64 ranked golfers in the world face off in a week of match play to decide the champion. With a $10 million purse, the tournament has the attention of the best players in the world.
Match play is pure hand-to-hand combat on the links: you vs. the other guy, one hole at a time. At its best it can be more electric than stroke play – rather than having one shot that gets you a win at the end of a tournament, you get that rush of winning or losing each and every hole. The emotion, focus, and gamesmanship that goes into a match are draining. If you make it to the final four players at the Dell, you’re in for 5 days and 7 matches of golf – the longest week and most golf played in a tour event this season.
This long week pales in comparison, though, to the incredible journey taken by Northern Irish golfer Adam Rolston and South African caddy Ron Rutland in 2017. They embarked on an 82-day journey across Mongolia to play the longest hole of golf ever.