After a 30-year absence, the Long Drive Competition will return at next month’s PGA Championship.
On Tuesday, Aug. 5, all players will be invited to take a rip from the 10th tee at Valhalla. According to a release by the PGA of America, the three players whose tee balls travel the farthest – and stay in the fairway – will receive a money clip inspired by the one that Jack Nicklaus took home when he won this event in 1963 (with a 341-yard blast). In addition, the top 3 will receive $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000, respectively, with the funds split between the players’ designated charity and the American Lake Veterans Golf Club, a Nicklaus-designed course in Washington specifically for wounded and disabled veterans.
The long-drive event began in 1962 and was held 12 other times – the last in 1984 – before turning into the standalone event now known as the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.
“We’re reviving a PGA Championship tradition that will add fun for both spectators and players during a practice round,” PGA of America president Ted Bishop said in a release. “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 will also extend the pick-the-hole-location challenge for this year’s event, though the details have not yet been announced. Last year, Tiger Woods suggested that the PGA allow fans to pick all four of the hole locations, not just the final round.