The RE/MAX World Long Driving Contest was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past week where they had set up a launch pad just above the speedway, and were driving the ball into the infield. When the 26 year-old Burke hit his winning shot over second-place finisher, Joe Miller from England, he knew it was a winner before the ball landed some 20 seconds later in the middle of the grid.
Let’s attempt to wrap our collective hacker heads around the number 427 when it relates to golf. The top driver on the PGA TOUR during the 2013 season was Luke List, who, in 65 rounds averaged 306.3 yards. That’s approximately 121 yards off the 427 mark.
Dustin Johnson is second with a 305.8 average, and Rory McIlroy is eighth at just over a 302 yard average. The world’s number one player, and the winner of 5 golf tournaments in 2013 of course is Tiger Woods who is 49 on the list, and comes in with an average just over 292 yards.
Kinda speaks to the old Slammin’ Sammy Snead saying that you drive for show, and putt for dough. Tim Burke took home a quarter million dollars for the 427 number, and Tiger put just a shade of $8.5 million in his bank account for his lowly 292. I think Sammy was right.
The Golf Channel was in attendance in Las Vegas, and in particular, Holly Saunders. What a show… 427 yard drives, and Holly Saunders with the interviews. Doesn’t get any better than that. I have to tell you, it was more exciting than the Dolphins and Bengals which was the alternative sports show on television on Halloween.
The RE/MAX contest is a winner-take all event, so it didn’t matter how the competitors finished, but here’s how they finished:
- Tim Burke, 26, Orlando, Fla.
- Joe Miller, 28, London, England
- Will Hogue, 27, Collierville, Tenn.
- Tyler Kellett, 33, Scottsdale, Ariz.