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PGA Championship News: Anirban Lahiri Wins Long Drive

For the second consecutive year, the PGA Championship’s Tuesday practice rounds featured a long drive competition for players who wished to participate.

This year’s Long Drive took place on the 2nd hole at Whistling Straits, the 593-yard par-5 — a daunting test with a narrow landing zone that kept manage to disqualify the drives of some of the games best.

Last year, Louis Oosthuizen took home the title at Valhalla: This year, it was European Tour stalwart Anirban Lahiri taking home the title.

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The early leader on Tuesday was Davis Love III…

Bubba Watson took part this year — after making a stink about not participating last year. His early effort wasn’t enough to usurp Love’s 305, however:

Love’s lead lasted less than an hour before Jimmy Walker took the lead with a shot of 314:

Jordan Spieth gave it a go, but came up a yard short:

J.B. Holmes then stepped up and tied the lead with a prodigious 314-yard drive:

Anirban Lahiri took the lead with a mammoth 327 yard drive soon after, but stars like Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson all missed the fairway, failing to qualify.

Dustin Johnson’s second bid traveled 328 yards — which would have passed Lahiri for the lead, but unfortunately, his first attempt missed the fairway:

Henrik Stenson only managed to hit it 297, but his swing is still one of the best in the business.

At the end of the day, Lahiri’s 327-yard bomb stood up, despite the stiff competition from many of the world’s best and few unknowns.

The PGA Championship Long Drive Competition made its return at Valhalla last year after a 30-year absence.

Back in the day, the winner received a really cool money clip and a cash prize — now, the PGA is giving away the same prizes to the winner. Jack Nicklaus, who won the long drive at the 1963 PGA Championship, still has — and uses — his money clip:

No word on whether or not Anirban Lahiri will ditch his wallet for his new money clip.

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