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Jul232014

One And Done! PGA Announces Long Drive Plans

I've got to say, this'll make viewing on the 10th tee Tuesday a lot more fun than it would have been.

And nice touch to be giving the winner a money clip "inspired by" the one Jack Nicklaus won and still uses today.

For Immediate Release, the details about this year's revival of the Long Drive, first announced a while ago:

The 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club will host the return of the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition, which originated in 1952 when the Championship was conducted at Big Spring Country Club in Louisville.
 
During a practice round on Tuesday, Aug. 5, all players will be offered the opportunity to hit one tee shot from the No. 10 Tee.  The ball will have to come to rest in the fairway to be eligible to win the Long Drive Competition.
 
Awards will be given to the top three finishers with winners receiving a money clip inspired by the one that Jack Nicklaus received in the first of his two consecutive PGA Championship Driving Contest titles in 1963. That year, Nicklaus, using a persimmon driver and wound golf ball, hit a winning drive of 341 yards, 17 inches.
Additionally, through PGA REACH, the charitable arm of the PGA of America, the top three finishers will be provided charitable donations of $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 respectively, with the funds split equally between the players’ designated charity and the American Lake Veterans Golf Course.  Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, in Tacoma, Washington is the nation’s only golf course designed specifically for the rehabilitation of wounded and disabled veterans.
 
“We’re reviving a PGA Championship tradition that will add fun for both spectators and players during a practice round,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “It is only fitting that this competition returns to the city where it began and a course designed by one of its most storied winners, Jack Nicklaus.”
 
Harold Williams won the original PGA Championship Driving Contest in 1952, with a 329-yard drive. The competition was discontinued from 1965-73, before returning in 1974 as an open event. The last National Open Long Drive Championship conducted at a PGA Championship site was in 1984 at Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Reader Comments (11)

Might as well resort to a gimmick to make up for taking the PGA to one of the blandest courses in existence.
07.23.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
341 is a big poke especially with that ball
07.23.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDuck!hooker
There's a currently-mothballed nine-hole course in Danville, Ill., at the VA hospital for rehabbing veterans. Built by the Chicago District Golf Association, it's been there for decades, but was shuttered because of budget costs.
07.23.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell
LOL!!! 341 yards! 50 YEARS LATER. Bubba wins with a 345 yard drive!!! ROLL BACK THAT 4 yards ITS killing the game.
07.23.2014 | Unregistered Commentervwv60golferrr
LOL! 341 yards. 50 YEARS Later Bubba wins with a 346 yard drive. ROLL BACK THE BALL. That's a Yard for every decade! THAT is killing the game.
07.23.2014 | Unregistered Commenterv60golferrr
Glad they brought it back...I'd add to it a Junior golfer division. PGA pros can nominate their home club's best bomber.


Big Cat Williams was it?
07.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
Jason Zuback!

Once played a round of golf with Jason and witnessed him hitting and 8-iron over 250 yards (second shot) into a par 5.

Unreal!
@Pro: I once warmed up on the range right behind him in the Calgary Open late 90's.

All I will say is I was on form, it was rainy, and Zubacks 5irons were looking identical to my 13deg 3w off a tee!!!! Crazy clubhead speed. And he's not that tall...plus my caddie forgot to clean my clubs...he was kinda mesmerized.



What?! No one 2nds my invite for a jr golfer bomber division?
07.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
<< During a practice round on Tuesday, Aug. 5, all players will be offered the opportunity to hit one tee shot from the No. 10 Tee. >>

Are you like me? Do you think this format is flat-out ridiculous? If I read this right, the long drive competitors won't be there all at the same time.... they'll tee it up when they happen to get to number 10.

This Tuesday practice round will take ALL DAY so spectators sitting behind number 10 will have to be there for the duration to see everyone compete. And bombers get JUST ONE BALL? Come on.... that's no way to run a Long Drive Contest. It just increases the odds of a fluke, a shorter hitter winning just because Bubba and Dustin and Gary Woodland hit their one ball just off the fairway while Mr. Dink finds the short grass. (If this is the case, look for Johnson to win. Zach Johnson.)

And since the PGA is making a such a Big Deal of out this, what's the story on TV coverage..... Golf Channel? Oh wait.... even Golf Channel isn't going to spend ALL DAY live at the 10th tee. You can look for this Big Deal on videotape later that night on "Live from the PGA."

Ho hum.
07.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
Will there be a separate division for golfers that use A-Rod's suppliers?

How about a Fresca?
And the shot link driving distance winner presented by cdw
Is?



We'll, it does read like they Are giving out pro shop credits to the "winners" so why not run it like my club's Saturday beat the pro...
07.27.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSmails

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