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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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  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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Interesting photos from A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

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GolfWRX was watching the range, circling the putting green, and generally keeping an eye on the notable equipment on display for the first PGA Tour event of the 2019-2020 season, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

While we encourage you to check out all of our photos from White Sulphur Springs, here are a few hand-picked shots to whet your appetite.

New Mitsubishi MMT 125-gram iron shaft

Kevin Chappell with a Golf Pride SNSR putter grip..on his driver?

Maverick McNealy’s Top Gun-inspired putter cover

Face on shot of one of the many new SeeMore putter models spotted at The Greenbrier

Odyssey’s New Stroke Lab Ten putters

Face-on look at Cam Smith’s Scotty Cameron Teryllium TFB 1.5

Jason Dufner’s prototype LA Golf Shafts iron shaft (more info)

TaylorMade Original One Mini Driver spotted on Tour! (in Grayson Murray’s bag)

2019 BV Proto wedge belonging to Rafa Campos

…and another Vokey, this time it’s Kris Ventura’s 60-degree SM7

Check out all our photos from The Greenbrier below!

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10 interesting photos from the Albertsons Boise Open

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GolfWRX bypassed the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship in the early part of the week (we made it there Thursday!) for the road less traveled this week: The Korn Ferry Tour. Specifically, we have a full buffet of photos from the range at the Albertsons Boise Open, including a full plate of WITB looks.

Here are 10 interesting photos from the Albertsons Boise Open.

This spread of Scotty Cameron Circle T putter covers will have enthusiasts drooling

Is this tee marker edible?

Name a better-dressed pro than Morgan Hoffmann…

Brandon Crick’s Pingman-stamped Glide wedge

The TaylorMade Boise Open headcover features a Boise St. blue turf background

D.J. Trahan’s Grateful Dead dancing bear headcovers are money

J-Gore! Cheers to the 2002 champ!

Sweet orange paintfill on Kevin Doughtery’s PXG 0311T 4-iron

Idaho (potato) fries aplenty on Scotty Cameron’s superb Boise Open headcover

I was unaware Will Zalatoris nickname was Beavis. But a look at this wedge and a look at this photo have me pretty convinced it is

All our galleries from the Boise Open

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Keegan Bradley Puts Srixon Z-Forged Blades in the bag

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This week at the BMW Championship, Srixon staff member Keegan Bradley switched irons from the cult classic Z745 to the company’s current Z-Forged blade irons.

For most players, an iron change is not something you would do during the playoffs, but when talking to the team at Srixon, Keegan had been trying to replace his set for a little while. The Z745s were getting on in years and with recent swing changes, he was also looking for more consistent numbers and distance control. That’s an impressive request from one of the top-50 ballstrikers on tour

Let’s take a quick look at his stats

  • 12th in Proximity to Hole with an average distance of 34.2″
  • 16th in Strokes Gained Approach with .642
  • 38th in Greens in Regulation at 68.45%

His new Z-Forged Iron setup is 4-PW with Nippon Tour 120 X shafts.

Although Keegan started the BMW Championship in 66th place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he still has a chance of making it to the Tour Championship with a solid weekend in Chicago.

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