Mobley crowned Senior World Long Drive champion

American demolishes previous finals record with 459-yard bomb

Thu, 10 Nov 2011

Mobley crowned Senior World Long Drive champion

Long-drive specialist David Mobley made PGA Tour big-hitter Bubba Watson look like a duffer, after setting a finals record in the Senior Division at the 2011 Remax World Long Drive Championship.

Mobley’s booming drive of 459 yards, was admittedly wind-assisted but was officially the longest winning drive in long-drive history, eclipsing the former senior distance record of 405 yards set by last year's champion George 'The Animal' Slupski.

The golfer from North Carolina started the day as third favourite but raced into the semi-finals with a drive of 454 yards, before knocking his next one a yard further to book a spot in the final.

And despite watching Vince ‘The Pasta Man’ Ciurluni nail a 452-yard bomb, Mobley roared back by unleashing the world record.

“I stuck with my game plan and kept the ball low and let it run,” declared Mobley after scooping the $50,000 first prize.

A cracking drive by Mobley, but it's still someway short off the world record set by Mike Dobbyn, who has smashed a jaw-dropping 551 yards, while the longest drive in an Long Drive competition is 539 yards by Scott Smith.

Former winner Carl Wolter claimed the $150,000 first prize in the Open Division, edging out defending champion Joe Miller from London.

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