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Louis Oosthuizen won the long drive contest before the PGA Championship with a 340-yard blast. (Peter Cziborra, Action Images)
Louis Oosthuizen won the long drive contest before the PGA Championship with a 340-yard blast. (Peter Cziborra, Action Images)

One of the game’s purest swingers captured the PGA Championship’s revived long drive contest on Tuesday in Louisville, Ky.

Louis Oosthuizen took the title with a 340-yard poke, edging Jason Day by 2 yards. The competition took place on the 590-yard 10th hole at Valhalla Golf Club during Tuesday’s practice round, with each player given one attempt as their groups passed through.


Oosthuizen’s drive came late in the day, surpassing earlier leaders Adam Scott (320), Keegan Bradley (326), Rickie Fowler (328), Gary Woodland (330) and Day. Rory McIlroy missed the fairway and Bubba Watson used only a 3-iron off the tee.

The victory earned the South African a gold money clip inspired by the one Jack Nicklaus received for winning the 1963 PGA long drive contest, as well as a $25,000 donation in Oosthuizen’s name split between two charities.

By the way, it should be noted that Nicklaus hit it 341 yards to win in ’63, using a persimmon driver and a wound ball.

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