Aug
8
2014
Video: Grip it and rip it at the PGA Championship’s Long Drive Contest
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

With the exception of Bubba Watson, who “protested” the PGA of America’s reinstatement of the Long Drive Contest, most pros joined in on the fun and gave it their best rip on the par-5 10th during Tuesday’s practice round.

In fact, a few players popped by the 10th tee just to participate in the competition. Take Rory McIlroy, for example. The world no. 1 only played nine holes, but he went out of his way to partake in the festivities, before calling it a day. (He was also knowledgeable about the historical significance of the event.)

When Padraig Harrington took his turn — to the delight of the spectators — he went with his fantastic impression of the “Happy Gilmore” swing.

In the video above, I caught up with Rory, Bill Haas, and Jason Day, who finished second with a drive of 338 yards, after they gripped it and ripped it to get their thoughts on the fun event that benefitted charity.

Louis Oosthuizen turned out to take home the top prize, with a drive measuring 340 yards.