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Jul
27
2016

Nicolas Colsaerts finished third in the PGA Long Drive Competition on Tuesday with a measly 341-yard tee shot on the first hole at Baltusrol GC. He was bested by Rory McIlroy (345 yards) and Byeong Hun An (347 yards).

It was no surprise to see the big-hitting Belgian’s name near the top of the Long Drive leaderboard. In fact, it was more mind-blowing that he *only* hit it 341 yards and didn’t manage to surpass McIlroy.

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Jul
27
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

After capturing the hearts of fans all around the planet at the Open Championship, Andrew “Beef” Johnston needs no introduction. In fact, he could even go without his Christian name and refer to himself solely as “Beef” — without the quotations even.

Well, Beef’s popularity has certainly not dwindled — if anything, it’s only intensified. Just over a week ago after finishing solo eighth at the Open Championship, he was unofficially (yet undoubtedly) crowned the people’s champion, as he constantly exchanged banter with the gallery, signed autographs and took selfies with hundreds of keen fans. He’s picked up exactly where he left off at Baltusrol Golf Club this week for his first start at the PGA Championship as golf’s everyman.

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Jul
27
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

For most of Tuesday, Rory McIlroy’s name stood boldly apart from the rest of the competitors on the leaderboard for the PGA Long Drive Championship next to the first tee. McIlroy wasn’t just leading the field all morning after striping his drive 345 yards on the opening hole at Baltusrol’s Lower Course — he was dominating it, with Sergio Garcia lagging behind at 319 yards (yep, 26 yards back).

Naturally, as the day went on, conditions became firmer (though they were still quite soft compared to a day earlier after heavy rains came through Monday evening) and the wind picked up — helping on the first hole — and more names started threatening McIlroy’s massive lead.

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