Long-drive contest returning to PGA Championship Week in 2014
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Long-drive contest returning to PGA Championship Week in 2014

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Inspired by comments made last year by Jack Nicklaus, the PGA Championship is bringing back a staple from the earlier days of the season's final major.

PGA of America president Ted Bishop announced Wednesday on Golf Channel that a long-drive contest will again be featured during PGA Championship Week.


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Bishop was light on details, including when, where and how it will be conducted, but the return of the contest along with a hike in the purse to golf's highest at $10 million, is furthering the buzz around the oft-forgotten major.

The Golden Bear was the inspiration behind the return, suggesting he still carried around the money clip he won as long-drive champion from a half-century ago at Oak Hill.

"I have a money clip that's in my pocket right now and it's been in my pocket for 50 years," Nicklaus said last August. "It says, 'Driving Distance Winner' -- that's what it says across the PGA Championship [money clip]. That drive was 341 yards, 17 inches."

That might just win this August.

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