"That's borderline obscene" - Watch as pro hits 439-yard drive!

Wilco Nienaber 439 Yard Drive

Driving distance has been arguably the biggest talking-point in golf throughout 2020, thanks in no small part to the incredible exploits of Bryson DeChambeau.

The US Open champion has completely transformed his body in a bid to hit the ball further, and to great effect. DeChambeau, 27, topped the PGA Tour's 'Driving Distance' category in the 2019/20 campaign and currently leads the way again so far this season.

However, he is far from the only player capable of smashing the ball humungous distances.

Say hello to Wilco Nienaber.

• Bryson set himself up to fail, says Lowry

• Is golf banned under Level 4 in Scotland?

• New figures show golf boom in Ayrshire

The 20-year-old South African rookie presently tops the 'Driving Distance' stats on the European Tour, with an average hit of 336.81 yards. That's around 35 yards longer than the tour average and, for those keeping count, 14 yards longer than DeChambeau's average on the PGA Tour last season. 

So, yeah, he's a big-hitter.

He demonstrated that prowess today in the opening round of the Joburg Open at Randpark GC.

Nienaber was six-under on his round when he stepped onto the 597-yard par-5 fourth, his 13th hole of the day. Then he did this...

That's a 439-yard drive. It left him a gap wedge to the green for his second shot.

"That is borderline obscene," said six-time European Tour champion Tony Johnstone on commentary duty. "It's a joy to watch because that's what every golfer ever wanted to do."

• Club donates remaining funds as it closes

• WATCH - Carly Booth stars in Paddy Power ad

Nienaber would ultimately make birdie on that hole and went on to finish eight-under on his round. He's tied for the lead after the opening day he goes in search of his first European Tour title.

If he keeps on hitting it like that, it surely won't be long before he's holding some silverware.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
WHY THIS SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT SPLIT SET - Callaway Apex irons review
Callaway
play button
IS THIS THE MOST FORGIVING DRIVER EVER??? - PING G425 review
Ping
play button
CAN AN UNPAINTED BALL HELP YOU PLAY BETTER??? - Wilson Staff Model golf balls review
Wilson
play button
THE MOST UNDERRATED DRIVER MONEY CAN BUY - BUT WHAT IS IT?
Srixon
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Pro says Challenge Tour postponement was “correct decision”
Justin Thomas dropped by sponsor over "homophobic" remark
Report: Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera arrested
Rescheduled Scottish Golf Tourism Week 2020 now cancelled
Bubba Watson: Twitter reacts to latest addition to major champ's bag

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Hold your finish to improve your discipline
Watch
play button
Don’t shorten your swing says Denis Pugh
Watch
play button
Denis Pugh says, ‘Turn, don’t slide’
Watch
play button
A two-minute set-up MOT
Callaway
See all videos right arrow