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Korea’s Hun An beats out Rory McIlroy in PGA long drive contest

South Korea's Byeong Hun An watches his drive

South Korea's Byeong Hun An watches his drive from the 6th tee during his third round on day three of the 2016 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland on July 16, 2016. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / BEN STANSALL

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Along with being first alphabetically among 156 golfers in the PGA Championship this week, Byeong Hun An of Korea was atop a much more coveted list on Tuesday. He won the tournament’s long-drive contest with a blast of 347 yards.

The competition is one of the most valued customs at the season’s fourth major. “I know Jack Nicklaus still carries the money clip from 1963 when he won. It’s a nice little accolade to have,” said Rory McIlroy who flexed his muscles after launching one 345 yards and admitted to have repeatedly checked the scoreboard throughout the day, when it showed him leading. He finished second. Matt Dobyns of Long Island’s Fresh Meadow Country Club was fifth at 337.

Bubba’s got a new pair of shoes

Bubba Watson tweeted a photo of the high-topped stars-and-stripes golf shoes he will wear during the Olympics. He and fellow U.S. golfers met Monday night with gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen, which got Watson pumped. “He’s a legend, he’s a legend for America,” Watson said. He added that he understands that everyone’s circumstances are different, so he did not criticize the pros who are skipping the Rio Games. For his part, though, he said, “If they had asked me to be the towel boy, I would have gone to the Olympics.”

Club pro’s story involves Tiger

Club pro Wyatt Worthington, the second African American ever to qualify through the PGA Professional Championship (following Tom Woodard in 1991), will be profiled during the TNT telecast Friday. A video crew taped him sinking 15 consecutive putts of seven feet or longer. The PGA of America said that Friday will be the 15th anniversary of the day the Columbus, Ohio resident received a lesson during The First Tee program from Tiger Woods.


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