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Euro Tour pro hits monster 439-yard drive – GolfWRXers react

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to Wilco Nienaber’s monster drive on the European Tour this week. The 20-year-old South African is the longest hitter on the Euro Tour, averaging 336.81 yards off the tee, but on Thursday at the Joburg Open at Randpark GC the rookie let loose and hit a 439-yard drive which one announcer called “borderline obscene.”

Check out the drive below.

Here are a few posts from GolfWRXers who have been reacting to the massive hit in our forums.

  • phizzy30: “Just saw the kid’s swing and all I can say is WOW! Effortless power is right. He’s not swinging out of his shoes and has perfect balance. Ball speed is over 190+mph consistently. No wasted moves or energy transfer. I would say that this is as close to the prototype swing you could hope for. Amazing.”
  • valtiel: “Wow, insane power from such a clean motion. I hope he stays healthy and we see a lot more of him.”
  • Hedgehog: “That’s filthy. We have seen huge bombs over the years at Johannesburg due to the elevation (1700m) and extreme heat, but it’s still awesome to see a tour player hit it over 400m.”

Entire Thread: “Euro Tour hits monster 439-yard drive at the Joburg Open”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. MJB

    Nov 21, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Seen him Live…..He’s turning heads heads on the range….without goin for it….next generation….effortless power! He’s got a great future ahead of him! 😉

  2. Johnny Penso

    Nov 21, 2020 at 10:10 am

    “Obscene”. “Offensive”? What’s obscene and offensive is using that kind of language to describe athletic prowess.

  3. DaveyD

    Nov 21, 2020 at 8:20 am

    I saw this kid blow past the 3 ball/1000 yd competition. His first shot was 353 yds. Effortless power.

  4. tiger

    Nov 20, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    missed the fairway…does not count,…fail

  5. Dyson Bochambeau

    Nov 20, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Elevation

    • gwelfgulfer

      Nov 21, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      That and fairways that run faster than many of the greens we play on.. I mean, you still have to get it out there, but this is like 80+ yards of roll. Akin to the guys who are hitting 340y irons off the tee in The Open at times…

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PGA Tour and European Tour announce landmark ‘strategic alliance’

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The PGA Tour and European Tour have today announced a partnership that will see the two tours working together as part of a “strategic alliance”.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan will join the Board of the European Tour as the two tours will combine and explore a range of collaboration opportunities including both schedule and commercial wise – including collaborating on global media rights in certain territories.

As part of the agreement, the PGA Tour will acquire a minority investment stake in European Tour Productions company which produces and airs content to a global audience.

Speaking on the new “strategic alliance”, Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said

“This partnership is an historic moment for the game of golf and is a fantastic opportunity for both the European Tour and the PGA TOUR to explore ways to come together at the very pinnacle of our sport and work in unison for the benefit of the men’s professional game.

Today’s announcement is the formalisation of a closer working relationship between the Tours in recent years. It was one which was crystalised earlier this year when both Jay and I were part of the working group containing representatives of the four Majors and the LPGA, a group which helped shape the remainder of the golfing calendar for 2020 during unprecedented times.

We shared the challenges of working through a year neither of us could have ever imagined and we found definite synergies in many areas of our respective Tours. That gave us the impetus to move forward together and arrive at this momentous announcement we are making today.”

The Tours will also work together on global scheduling, prize funds and playing opportunities for the respective memberships, with details to be announced at a later date.

“We are thrilled to announce this further strengthening of our partnership with the European Tour, and we look forward to working together for the benefit of the men’s professional game and for golf fans around the world.” – Jay Monahan

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (11.27.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

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‘Diamond in the rough’

 

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Clean as you can get from Olson.

 

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Zac Lewis custom wedge.

 

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How do you like this shape, WRXers?

 

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‘Red saw’ Vokey.

 

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Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Diego Maradona and his love for golf; golf world pays tribute to sporting icon

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The sporting world is mourning the loss of a great, with the passing of Diego Maradona on Wednesday. The Argentine, who led his country to glory at the 1986 World Cup,  is widely considered to be the greatest footballer/soccer player of all time but golf was a sport that was also very close to his heart.

Maradona took the sport up at the age of 40 when in Cuba and reportedly became so fanatic over the game that he would regularly play two 18 hole rounds a day.

Speaking to Golfing World a decade ago, Diego explained how he got bitten by the golf bug, and it’s something we all can relate to:

“I only started playing when I was 40, and even though I think I maybe took up golf a bit too late, ever since I started, I’ve been bitten by the bug. I haven’t been able to think of spending a single day without playing golf.”

In the same interview, Maradona, who worked his way down to a 16 handicap, also revealed the similarities between his sport and golf, comparing the movement of the swing to a free-kick in football, and also poked fun at how it’s viewed as a relaxing past time for some.

“There’s a certain similarity between football and golf; it’s in the movements. In the way you position your body for a free-kick as well as a golf swing.

Some people say golf is relaxing, but I don’t think you can relax too much. But it is great fun.”

According to Gerardo Lorenzo, a chauffeur for the British Embassy who played with Maradona while in Cuba: “He became a golf fanatic and even played at night with phosphorescent balls.”

Here is how some tour pro golfers have been paying tribute to Maradona via social media:

“Thanks to the greatest. Diego Armando, we are going to miss you!”

 

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