Justin James is a World Long Drive Champ

By September 7, 2017Headlines, Tour News

Four hundred and thirty-five yards. Let that sink in for a second…

That’s how far 27-year-old Justin James hit his fifth ball in the final match to win his first World Long Drive Championship at the Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackverille, Okla. It was the second consecutive World Title for Callaway; Joe Miller claimed his second belt in 2016.

James, the No. 3 ranked Long Driver in the world, beat out fellow Callaway Long Drive team member Mitch Grassing of Canada, who failed to hit the grid on any of his eight chances.

Here’s the one that won the belt…

James, who resides and practices in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., let loose a 434 yard bomb in the quarterfinals and 430 yarder in the semis to advance to the final against Grassing. Callaway had four of the last eight players, including 25-year-old Paul Howell of Buies Creek, N.C., and 29-year-old Will Hogue of Collierville, Tenn.

Here’s a closer look at James’ winning XR 16 (click to enlarge):

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Head: Callaway XR16 LD 5.0
(5g Hotmelt in toe)
Hosel Setting: -2/N setting
Shaft: 48″ House of Forged 5x
Grip: Golf Pride 2G Mid
Builder: Anthony Newville

Meanwhile on the women’s side, Callaway staffer Sandra Carlborg took home her FIFTH World Title, beating Heather Manfredda in the final with a 320 yard blast.

Here’s her title winner...

To complete the long drive trifecta, Carlborg, along with 2012 World Champ Jeff Flagg, took down the inaugural Mixed Team title on Tuesday night.


And while you’re here, you may as well check out our NEWLY RELEASED collab with VICE Sports featuring ’16 champ Joe Miller: