Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Nearly 800-Yard Drive That Happened at the Texas Open

That headline sounds like something ol' Bogey is just making up. But I'm not! This is what I learned while surfing the web today: Once upon a time, a PGA Tour golfer hit a drive that measured nearly 800 yards in length. And it happened at the 1992 Texas Open.

I learned this from's account of the incident, which includes this:

The golfer was Carl Cooper, who at the time was a 31-year-old journeyman. The tournament was the 1992 Texas Open, played that year at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio. ...

... On the par-4, 456-yard third hole, Cooper launched his drive ... On the fly, the ball hit a downward-running concrete cart path and took off.

The ball rolled past the fifth green. Then it passed the sixth tee. It eventually left the cart path and veered onto an unpaved maintenance road. And finally it came to a stop behind the No. 12 green.

According to the story, Cooper's caddie measured it at 787 yards from the third tee. Read the rest of the story here.

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