Miller wins second World Long Drive title


Joe Miller won his second World Long Drive title Wednesday night in dominating fashion, topping the competition in Thackerville, Okla.

Miller, 31, from London, defeated Ryan Steenberg of Rochester, N.Y., in the final. Steenberg hit first, posting a drive of 412 yards. Miller, who in previous rounds had hit two drives of more than 435 yards, smacked one 423 to win the championship.

"A real honor to be standing here," Miller said as he received the $125,000 champion's check and a boxing-style title belt. Asked if he wanted this title more than the one he had won in 2010, he replied, "Yeah I did, I think. It's been building up since 2010. [I've been] working hard, training hard."

Miller hit the longest drive of the night - 439 yards - to eliminate Justin Moose in the semifinals. Moose's best drive went 410 yards.

In the quarterfinals, Miller eliminated Mitch Dobbyn of Arlington, Texas (the only lefty in Wednesday's field) with a 437-yard drive. That was a whopping 74 yards past Dobbyn's best poke of 363 yards.

Steenberg reached the final by defeating Justin Young with a drive of 413 yards in the quarterfinals and winning his semifinal against Justin James with a drive of 416.