Who is the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament?

Tiger Woods, at the tender age of 21 years, 10 months, and 14 days, etched his name in the annals of golf history with an astonishing feat. His unparalleled victory at the 1997 Masters Tournament reverberated through the sporting world, as he seized the coveted title as the youngest ever to claim a major championship.

As a young amateur, Woods defied the sceptics and naysayers who dismissed his chances. Ranked a modest 144th in the world, he set out to prove his mettle on the grand stage. With resolute determination and unyielding skill, Woods shattered expectations and mesmerised onlookers.

The tournament burst into life as Woods unleashed an awe-inspiring performance, obliterating records and leaving his competitors in awe. In a jaw-dropping display of golf mastery, he blazed through the course, setting a new standard with a record-breaking round of 63. A seismic shift had occurred, forever altering the perception of the young prodigy.

With each swing, Woods cemented his status as a force to be reckoned with. In a mesmerising display of dominance, he surged ahead, leaving a trail of competitors in his wake. When the dust settled, he had crafted a colossal 12-stroke lead, etching his name in Masters history with the largest margin of victory ever witnessed.

The magnitude of Woods’ triumph reverberated far beyond the confines of the tournament. It catapulted him into the stratosphere of sporting superstardom, casting a radiant spotlight on his mesmerising abilities. A new era had dawned, as Woods seized the throne and embarked on an extraordinary journey that would yield an astonishing tally of 15 major championships, securing his place among the pantheon of golf legends.

Who holds the record for the fastest recorded serve in men’s tennis and what was the speed?

The title for the player who holds the record for the fastest recorded serve in men’s tennis belongs to American John Isner, who achieved a staggering speed of 253 km/h (157.2 mph) in 2016. This remarkable feat occurred during a Davis Cup match against Australia, leaving spectators in awe of Isner’s incredible power.

Nevertheless, the existence of an ongoing debate surrounds the legitimacy of this record. In 2012, Australian player Sam Groth unleashed a serve that was reportedly clocked at an astonishing 263.4 km/h (163.7 mph) during an ATP Challenger event. However, it’s important to note that this serve was not officially recorded using ATP-sanctioned equipment, which subsequently prevents it from being recognized by the ATP.

While it remains a subject of speculation, the exact velocity of Groth’s serve cannot be definitively compared to Isner’s. The absence of official confirmation means that Isner’s serve stands as the acknowledged record for the fastest recorded serve in men’s tennis, supported by the ATP’s recognition and endorsement.

Although the debate adds an intriguing element to the conversation, the official record continues to be associated with John Isner’s astounding display of power and precision, cementing his name in the annals of tennis history as the possessor of the fastest recorded serve.

With every passing season, technology and playing equipment improved. Players became stronger and more physical. This resulted in them attempting to push the game beyond anything that has been seen before. This meant that players were playing faster and harder, resulting in these amazing speeds being recorded.

Where, and when, were the first FINA World Swimming Championships held?

By way of clarification, the global governing body for water sports, including swimming, was founded as the Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA) in July, 1908, but officially renamed World Aquatics in January, 2023. Furthermore, it is important to make the distinction between the World Aquatics Championships, formerly the FINA World Championships, and what was known, until December, 2022, as the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

Both competitions are open to all member federations, but the former features all six aquatic sports overseen by World Aquatics, namely swimming, artistic swimming, open water swimming, diving, high diving and water polo, while the latter is exclusively a swimming championship. At the World Aquatics Championships, swimming events are contested in a long course, 50-metre pool and, at the World Swimming Championships (25m), as the name suggests, in a short course, 25-metre pool;

for this reason, the latter championship is known, colloquially, as the ‘Short Course Worlds’.

The World Aquatics Championships is, by some way, the older of the pair, having first been hosted by the Tašmajdan Sports and Recreation Centre in Belgrade – which is now in Serbia, but was, at the time, in Yugoslavia – between August 31 and September 9, 1973. In terms of scheduling, between 2001 and 2019, the World Aquatics Championships were staged biennially, but the Covid-19 pandemic threw future plans into disarray. The 2021 event, originally scheduled for Fukuoka, Japan, took place in Budapest, Hungary in 2022 instead, with future events planned for Fukuoka in 2023, Doha, Qatar in 2024, Kallang, Singapore in 2025 and Budapest again in 2027.

The first edition of World Swimming Championships (25m) took place in in Palma de Mallorca, Spain between December 2 and December 5, 1993. Like the World Aquatics Championships, the event is staged biennially, in the intervening years, albeit that the 2020 championships, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, were delayed by a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

What is the record low score for 18 holes in professional golf?

The operative phrase here is ‘in professional golf’. According to Guinness World Records, the lowest, officially recognised, score for 18 holes in the history of golf was the 55 recorded by Australian professional Rhein Gibson at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma on May 12, 2012. Gibson, 26, signed for twelve birdies and two eagles in his 16-under-par total on the 6,698-yard par-71 course. However, while he was a member of the Golfweek National Pro Tour – a developmental feeder tour to the PGA Tour – at the time, his ‘unbeatable’ record, while substantiated by witnesses, was set in a non-competitive round.

In competitive professional golf, the record low score for 18 holes was achieved on the Alps Tour – a developmental, third level tour, behind the European Tour and Challenge Tour – in 2019. On September 5 that year, 23-year-old Irish professional David Carey carded eleven birdies, including seven in his first nine holes, in the opening round of the Cervino Open at Cervino Golf Club in Breuil-Cervinia, Italy. His 18-hole total, an 11-under-par 57, on the 5,801-yard, par-68 course gave him a four-shot lead at the end of the first day and, after subsequent back-to-back rounds of 67, he went on to win the 54-hole tournament in a playoff with local player Edoardo Lipparelli.

Prior to September 5, 2019, the record low score for 18 holes was 58. That score was first achieved by Ryo Ishikawa in the final round of The Crowns, on the Japan Golf Tour, in 2010, but subsequently matched, twice, in 2016. That year, German Stephan Jaeger shot a 12-under-par 58 in the first round of the Ellie Mae Classic on the Web.com Tour, now the Korn Ferry Tour, and American Jim Furyk did likewise in the final round of the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour.

Who was the heaviest goalkeeper in the history of representative football?

According to Guinness World Records, the heaviest goalkeeper in the history of representative was William ‘Fatty’ Foulke, who was, quite literally, a ‘towering’ figure in English football during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Standing at a height of 6’2″, 6’3″ or 6’4″, depending on which estimate you believe, and weighing in anywhere between 15 and 26 st. during his playing days, Foulke was surprisingly athletic and agile for a man of his size.

Born in Dawley, Shropshire on April 12, 1874, Foulke signed for Sheffield United, with whom he would spend most of his playing days, as a 19-year-old. He helped the Blades to the Football League First Division title in the 1897/98 season and played in three FA Cup Finals at the Crystal Palace Stadium in South London; Sheffield United beat Derby County 4-1 in 1899, drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur in 1901, but lost 3-1 in the replay at Burden Park, Bolton and drew 1-1 with Southampton in 1902, before winning 2-1 in the replay at the same venue. Foulke also played once for England, keeping a clean sheet in a leisurely 4-0 win over Wales at Bramall Lane, Sheffield in the Home International Championship on March 29, 1897.

In 1905, Foulke left Sheffield United and signed for the newly-founded Chelsea Football Club, in West London, for £50. He became the Blues’ captain but, while he retained much of his box office appeal, his goalkeeping ability was in decline and he left after just one season to join Bradford City, where he spent the rest of his career. Foulke died of cirrhosis on May 1, 1916, aged just 42.