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RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Finals to air Tuesday

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This year’s big hitters will be swinging out of their shoes to become the 2014 RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 10 p.m. EST on Golf Channel.

The eight finalists from around the world — Jamie Sadlowski (CAN), Daniel Beckman (USA), Matt Hanger (USA), Jeff Crittenden (USA), Adam Smith (USA), Joe Miller (ENG), Jeff Flagg (USA), Connor Powers (USA) —  will tee it up at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, where only the longest of the long will take home the winner-take-all $250,000 purse.

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Golf Channel has been following the championship since the qualifying rounds and has dubbed the weeks of competitive rounds as “Long Drive Month.”

“Long driving is a hidden gem within the world of golf that brings an exciting programming complement to Golf Channel’s air and tells the stories of the golfers who live every waking hour trying to figure out how to hit the ball longer,” said Tom Knapp, senior vice president of programming for Golf Channel. “Long drive continues to grow around the world, and we’re excited to capture and showcase this sport that not only is a thrill-a-minute, but also awe-inspiring for our Golf Channel viewers.”

Joe Miller, the 2010 RE/MAX Long Drive Champion, hopes to capture his 13th Long Driving title this year, having already dominated the Long Driver’s European Tour with 12 straight titles this summer. The 2008 and 2009 Champion Jamie Sadlowski, who is also as a 2-time destroyer of Golf Channel’s simulator, is making his 8th-straight Final 8 appearance, which is the longest active streak of any other long driver.

Last year’s winner Tim Burke set a long drive world record at 427 yards. Burke, however, did not make it past this year’s first day of qualifying.

The live event will include play-by-play and analysis from Golf Channel’s Ryan Burr and Michael Breed, as well as interviews by Lauren Thompson.

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Evan is an attorney licensed to practice law in Michigan. He's also a dedicated golfer with an obsession for the latest golf equipment, and frequently gets caught in public examining his swing in any reflective surface.

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  1. Richard

    Oct 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    After looking at the final 16 competitors, I think the time has come ofr mandatory testing for EPO HGH etc for performance enhancing drug free Long Drive Champions 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Jaime still managed to take out “Magilla Gorilla”

  2. The Rocket Man

    Nov 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Got 50K on Joe Miller, there is NO way he’s loosing!
    BOOOOOOM BABY

    • KB

      Nov 5, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      He lost. Couldn’t hit the grid with that high ball flight. Didn’t know what to do with the crosswind. KAbooooom! hahaha

  3. Duncan

    Nov 4, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I’m rooting for Matt Hangar. Made it to the final 8 last year and didn’t hit the grid once. He’s looking strong this year.

  4. Jason

    Nov 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    These guys are freaks (in a good way!)and so fun to watch on tv I’m glad it is getting some air time on golf channel. My 15 year old son was just awestruck watching some of the guys having a closest to pin contest on #18 at St. Andrews on the simulator on Morning Drive. Unreal.

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WRX Retrospective: Interesting photos from the 2019 Masters

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As of now, we know the 2020 Masters is going to have to wait until November. The tournament will be as exciting as it will be interesting since it will be the first modern glimpse into Augusta National beyond April.

It has also given us the great opportunity to look back with hindsight 20/20 (that was very much an unintended pun) at our pictures from 2019 to showcase some of the most noteworthy and interesting, including some potential foreshadowing of the week that was to come.

2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson isn’t one to change putters too often, but he must have been searching for something last year when testing out this TaylorMade Spider.

This was Viktor Hovland’s last Masters as an amateur. He won low amateur honors and went on to capture the same distinction at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

TaylorMade always does a wonderful job with major-themed accessories and bags. 2019 was no exception.

Little did we know at the time this was taken, this man would be leading heading into Sunday’s final round. How the tables turned so quickly.

Callaway’s collab with Seamus Golf lead to these flower-themed headcovers.

We can’t forget that Tuesday practice day was rained out and the course was closed at 10 a.m. to both players and spectators. It wasn’t the warm spring kickoff many had hoped for!

Although it was short-lived, it was a rainy Tuesday for all, including caddies.

The weather broke on Wednesday and the view up the 10th hole never gets old.

Did you realize two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s Flightscope has a custom pink paint job?

Inexpensive snacks and beverages are always a highlight of any Master’s visit.

The 2019 Masters featured pre-bulked Bryson, who also happened to have a custom FlightScope X3. He looks like a veritable stick!

They say a picture says 1,000 words, but in the case of Tiger Woods, we had no idea how many words would be written come Sunday.

A peek into the bag of Gary Woodland, who would go on to become the U.S. Open Champion only a few months later.

Special shoutout to Gary Woodland’s caddy Brennan Little, who hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and is obviously a big Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was also on the bag for Mike Wier’s win in 2003.

Although the relationship was short-lived, Sergio used some very cool custom Toulon putters while on staff with Callaway Golf.

The eighth green is one of the most interesting and mounded on the course, there’s not a bunker to be found but danger lurks everywhere.

Undulations at No. 1 are a sight to be seen at ground level.

The iconic, understated clubhouse of ANGC.

The tucked-away first tee spike cleaner is something every course should have.

And of course, the iconic 12th, where so much would be decided come Sunday.

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10 interesting photos from the 2020 Players Championship

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

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Bettinardi’s St. Patrick’s Day covers  

Brand-new Srixon 745 in Keegan’s bag

Roger Sloan’s custom Cameron

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons spotted in Nick Watney’s bag 

Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

Carlos Ortiz looks to be picking up some supplies to mark the end of his driveway…

Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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