Anirban Lahiri won the PGA Championship long-drive contest on Tuesday, booming a 327-yard drive on the par-5 second hole at Whistling Straits to earn the victory.
PGA Professional National champion Matt Dobyns finished in second place with a drive of 323 yards, while J.B. Holmes finished third with a 315-yard drive. Jimmy Walker was fourth, just a yard behind Holmes, while Jordan Spieth was another yard behind Walker.
For the drives to count toward the contest results, the ball had to come to a stop in the fairway at the hole nicknamed “Big Country.”
Lahiri, Dobyns and Holmes each win a money clip that’s a replica of the one Jack Nicklaus won at the 1963 PGA Championship long-drive competition. Each will have a $25,000, $20,000 and $15,000 donation made, respectively, in their name to the charity of their choice.
“It’s helps to be able to drive it right to left. I hit a good one and got a good bounce,” the 28-year-old Lahiri said. “Now that I have a money clip, it’s going to be on me all week.”
Louis Oosthuizen won the event last year at Valhalla with a 340-yard poke.
— Ryan Ballengee reporting from Haven, Wis.