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Tim Burke of Orlando, Fla., won the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship on Wednesday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, hitting his fourth shot in the final round 427 yards. 

England's Joe Miller was second. 

FEAT WITH NO FEET: Jamie Sadlowski hits 327-yard drive – on his knees!

The two advanced from the final field of eight that began the night, battling chilly weather conditions, and hitting the ball toward the bright lights of the famed-Las Vegas Strip in the distance. 

Burke and Miller each got six drives, over two rounds of three shots apiece, with the longest shot that stayed within a 50-yard wide grid on the racetrack’s front-straight infield counting toward their final score. Burke, who was second to Ryan Winther in the 2012 event, earned $250,000 for his victory.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 
October 30, 2013 - 5:58pm
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Brandel Chamblee was on Golf Channel Wednesday evening to talk about the fallout from his Golf.com column where he gave Tiger Woods an "F" for 2013.

TV analyst Brandel Chamblee took to the Golf Channel on Wednesday evening to address his controversial column that appeared on Golf.com two weeks ago, in which Chamblee gave Tiger Woods a grade of "F" for the 2013 season.

Woods, a five-time winner in 2013 and the PGA Tour's Player of the Year, was given the harsh grade for, "being a little cavalier with the rules," Chamblee wrote.

Chamblee compared Woods's incidents with the rules -- three in total, one resulting in a disqualification -- to his own cheating incident on a math test in the fourth grade.

RELATED: TV analyst gives Tiger Woods harsh grade for 2013 season

In a sit-down interview with Rich Lerner on Golf Central, Chamblee admitted he crossed a line.

"In offering my assessment of Tiger's year and specifically looking at the incidents in Abu Dhabi, Augusta, Ponte Vedra and Chicago, I said Tiger Woods was 'cavalier' about the rules," Chamblee told Lerner. "I should have stopped right there. In comparing those incidents to my cheating episode in the fourth grade, I went too far. Cheating involves intent. I know what my intent was on that fourth-grade math test. But there's no way that I could know, with a hundred percent certainty, what Tiger's intent was in any of those situations. That was my mistake."

Following Chamblee's column, the longtime agent of Woods -- Mark Steinberg -- said he would consider legal action against Chamblee.

"Brandel Chamblee's comments are shameful, baseless and completely out of line," Steinberg told ESPN.com. "In his rulings, Tiger voiced his position, accepted his penalty and moved on. There was no intention to deceive anyone. Chamblee's uninformed and malicious opinions, passed on as facts, and his desperate attempt to garner attention is deplorable."

RELATED: Brandel Chamblee takes to Twitter to apologize to Tiger Woods

Woods spoke out on the issue in China earlier this week.

"All I am going to say is that I know I am going forward," Woods said in an AP report, before his exhibition match with Rory McIlroy at Mission Hills. "But then, I don't know what the Golf Channel is going to do or not. But then that's up to them. The whole issue has been very disappointing as he didn't really apologize and he sort of reignited the whole situation.

"So the ball really is in the court of the Golf Channel and what they are prepared to do."

Chamblee did take to Twitter to apologize last week, but Woods wasn't buying the apology.

McIlroy even weighed in at a promotional event Tuesday in the run-up to the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions this week.

"Yeah, I think Brandel was completely wrong," McIlroy said. "I don't think he has the authority to say anything like that about Tiger Woods," the two-time major champion and former No. 1 McIlroy said, according to Agence France-Presse. "People wouldn't know who Brandel Chamblee was if it wasn't for Tiger Woods, so I am completely against what he said and I think he should be dealt with in the right way."

RELATED: Brandel Chamblee stands behind 'cheating' implication of Tiger Woods

Lerner asked Chamblee if he had a vendetta against Woods.

"Of course not," said Chamblee, who has long been one of the more outspoken critics of Woods's swing changes. "My job as an analyst on Golf Channel requires me to analyze the golf and offer my opinions. I like to think I'm pretty good at that. Tiger Woods is the best player in the game by miles -- maybe the best player of all time. Over the years, I have said a lot of positive things about Tiger's golf swing and his accomplishments. And, at times, I've been critical. But that's my job and my obligation to the viewer -- to not only talk about when Tiger plays well, but when he doesn't play well and put it in perspective, as well as every other player. At times, I can be a bit forceful with my opinions and some would say too forceful too many times. Fair enough. That was obviously the case in this instance. So much so that even my son chimed in on this issue."

Chamblee went on to explain that on rides to and from school, he and his son had a lot of time to talk about the column and the aftermath -- all of which his son had been reading about on the internet.

"In one of our drives, he said, 'Dad, if you had been more diplomatic in what you wrote, perhaps people would be talking more about the issue than your assessment.' He's a smart kid. It wasn't until after he said that, that I offered my apology on Twitter. Maybe I should have let my son read the column before I hit 'send' on the email."

Chamblee said he believes Woods and Steinberg are, "barking up the wrong tree," for calling on Golf Channel for action against him.

"This column appeared on Golf.com," Chamblee said. "Nobody here at Golf Channel even knew anything about it."

"All of this has made me realize that there's a conflict when you work for one company and write for another company," Chamblee said. "So, going forward, I'm not going to be writing for Golf Magazine. Beginning next year, I'm going to be writing exclusively for GolfChannel.com, NBC.com. That way, if Tiger and his camp have an issue with something I write, they can at least be yelling at the right people."

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October 30, 2013 - 1:26pm
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Long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski crushed a 328-yard drive from his knees on a visit to Callaway Golf this week.

Jamie Sadlowski, a former two-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion (2008, 2009), visited his friends at Callaway Golf this week.

Prior to the visit, Callaway Senior Vice President of Marketing Harry Arnett (@HarryArnettCG) had been teasing a long-drive contest on Twitter, where he would take on Sadlowski. The rule was Arnett would hit driver, while Sadlowski would hit a 6-iron. Arnett hit driver 262 yards. Sadlowsk hit his 6-iron 278 yards.

That wasn't all for the fun though. The Callaway folks put out the Instagram video below where Sadlowski hits a driver -- from his knees -- 328 yards!

For a little perspective, the 25-year-old Sadlowski stands just 5 feet, 11 inches and weighs 170 pounds.

Late last year, Sadlowski visited Golf Channel's Morning Drive, where host Gary Williams challenged him to a long drive contest on the studio's simulator. That didn't end well... In fact, the contest was over before it even began when Sadlowski broke the simulator with a single shot.

Check it out:

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October 30, 2013 - 11:49am
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Sun Mountain's new Cumulus rain jacket and pants.

Sun Mountain has a new rain suit offering for 2014. It's called the "Cumulus" -- the company's most breathable golf rain suit to date, offering the light weight of 2.5 layer technology with a two-year waterproof guarantee.

Cumulus has a woven shell laminated to a waterproof, breathable membrane, with a protective inner layer. The slick inner layer makes the Cumulus easy to put on and take off and there's virtually no resistance when you swing.

Features of the Cumulus Jacket include a pleated back which allows an expanded range of motion, a two-way front zipper that lies flat and out of the way when putting, adjustable hem and cuffs, zippered hand warmer pockets, and a stand-up collar.

Sun Mountain says the Cumulus rain pants offer the same ultra-lightweight, 2.5 layer, guaranteed waterproof and breathable construction as the jacket along with a partial elastic waist and zipper fly, zippered hand warmer pockets and wallet pockets, deep lower leg zippers, and a snap system that allows length to be shortened by 2 1/2 inches.

The Cumulus is available now in men's full-zip jacket ($129) and pants ($119).

For more information, visit www.sunmountain.com.

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October 30, 2013 - 10:29am
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Your putter requires a shorter swing/stroke than any club in your bag. Because of that, one might think it's a breeze to make solid contact. However, that just isn't the case.

And is there anything more maddening on the course than leaving putt after putt short of the hole?

In today's golf tip, Mike Bender, Director of Instruction at the Mike Bender Golf Academy, talks about why people have trouble hitting putts solidly and offers a way to help make better contact with the ball.

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October 30, 2013 - 10:14am
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Is there a less charismatic (we say that affectionately), more photogenic person in the world than Jason Dufner?

Not a chance.

This latest photo of Dufner isn't as good as the initial Dufnering snap, but, well... it's pretty good.

 

 

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