Bryson DeChambeau goes 331 yards to win Long Drive Competition at the 2018 PGA Championship
The top three finishers in the 2018 PGA Championship Long Drive Competition were Bryson DeChambeau (331 yards), Peter Uihlein (328 yards) and Tony Finau (324 yards). The DeChambeau-Uihlein-Finau triumvirate combined to hit their drives more than a half mile (2,949 feet) despite Tuesday’s wet conditions at Bellerive.
DeChambeau joins Jason Kokrak (321 yards/Quail Hollow), Byeong Hun An (2016/Baltusrol, 347 yards), Anirban Lahiri (2015/Whistling Straits, 327 yards) and Louis Oosthuizen (2014/Valhalla, 340 yards) as winners of the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition since it was re-launched in 2014. The top three finishers will be granted charitable donations of $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000, respectively, to their designated USA based 501(c)(3) charities of choice.
SPIETH’S SHOT AT HISTORY
One of the major storylines of this 100th PGA Championship will focus on Jordan Spieth’s second attempt at completing the career grand slam. His first pursuit came last year at Quail Hollow Club, where he finished T-28. Only five players have achieved the career grand slam to date: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods.
If Spieth were able to finish off his Slam this week, he’d also make history as the first player to complete the grand slam at the PGA Championship. It is also worth noting that Player completed his career grand slam upon winning the 1965 U.S. Open here at Bellerive, so there is some historical precedent in play this week.