Oosthuizen wins PGA long-drive contest
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With bombers such as Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott taking their healthy whacks on Tuesday in the PGA Championship long-drive contest, an unexpected name came out of nowhere late in the day to take the title.
Louis Oosthuizen, winner of the 2010 Open Championship, served up a 340-yard drive to eclipse Jason Day by two yards on the par-5 10th hole to capture the title and $25,000 prize for charity. Club pro Johan Kok finished third with a 337-yard bomb.
It was the first time since 1984 that PGA of America hosted the bombers battle.
Scott had the early lead with a 320-yard poke early Tuesday morning, but was passed by Keegan Bradley's 326-yard drive just before noon.
"It was fun. It held up for a little while," Scott said of his early lead.
Bradley's lead lasted less than a couple of minutes, as playing companion Rickie Fowler beat him by two yards to take the lead for the bulk of the day. Bomber Gary Woodland would eventually take over with a 330-yard drive before Day, Kok and Oosthuizen passed him in the late afternoon.
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