A long drive competition will take place at Valhalla Golf Club this August ahead of the start of the USPGA Championship
A long drive competition will take place at Valhalla Golf Club this August ahead of the start of the USPGA Championship.
The contest – which used to be a tradition and last occured in 1984 – will take place during the practice round on Tuesday August 5.
Players will have the opportunity to hit one tee shot on the 10th hole, and only the drives that come to rest on the fairway will count.
The top three longest hitters will receive a money clip akin to the one Jack Nicklaus claimed when he won the first of his two consecutive long-drive competitions in 1963.
What’s more, the top three will receive a donation to be split between their designated charities, as well as the Nicklaus-designed American Lake Veterans Golf Course.
“We’re reviving a PGA Championship tradition that will add fun for both spectators and players during a practice round,” said PGA of American 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.”
The PGA Championship Long Drive Competition first took place in 1952, ran until 1964, returned in 1974 and last took place at Shoal Creek Country Club 30 years ago.