Five years ago this week, Jonathan Byrd provided arguably the coolest ending to a tournament you'll ever see.
On the fourth hole of a playoff at the 2010 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with Cameron Percy and Martin Laird, Byrd was the last to tee off on the par-3 17th at TPC Summerlin, a 203-yard hole.
That's when he did the unimaginable: he made a hole-in-one to close out the tournament and pick up his fifth PGA Tour win (he's had one more since).
Check it out here:
The World Long Drive Championships is a sight to behold.
Last night in the final from Oklahoma, Tim Burke -- the 2013 champ -- walloped a winning drive of 394 yards to take the title for the second time. As you'll see in the video at the bottom of this post, that drive was hit with a wind blowing into Burke, which makes it even more impressive.
And that wasn't even his longest drive of the competition. The 6'6", 230-pound Burke had drives over 400 yards -- FOUR FOOTBALL FIELDS, FOLKS! -- in the quarter and semi finals.
For perspective, Anirban Lahiri won the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition at Whistling Straits in August with a 327-yard smash...
... Which brings me to one of my favorite old golf jokes that Burke could use on Lahiri:
Burke: "Did you hear about the new Wal-Mart they're building?"
Lahiri: "No. Where?"
Burke: "Between my ball and your ball."
For the win, Burke took home $150,000.
Here's the entire final Long Drive match between Burke and runner-up Jeremy Easterly:
Oh, and here's video from Lahiri's win at Whistling Straits:
PGA of America Championships
Benton Harbor, Mich.
Sahalee Country Club
Baltusrol Golf Club
Hazeltine National Golf Club