Reaching 348 yards in the first 12, par5, but Wilco Nienaber is still not in the top 5 of his farthest in the first round of the Palmetto Championship on the PGA Tour on June 10.

The tournament took place at Congaree, par71 in South Carolina with a prize fund of $7.3 million. The course consists of four par3 holes and three par5 holes, the rest par4.

On the opening day, the PGA Tour recorded Nienaber played 13 shots, of which the shortest was 329 yards, the longest 376 yards. Particularly for the 350 yard mark, the 21-year-old golfer surpassed five times. The organizers do not count par3 holes.

However, this whole performance cannot compare to the time Nienaber swung the driver on the fourth hole with a 439-yard track at the opening round of the Joburg Open, on the European Tour in November 2020.

Nienaber hit 439 yards at Joburg Open in November 2020

Nienaber’s record long shot at the Joburg Open.

Nienaber competes for the Palmetto Championship thanks to a sponsor slot. Yesterday, he scored five birdies and two bogeys on the 68-stroke scoreboard. The whole match Nienaber hit nine fairways, onto the green according to the standard 14 holes.

With a -3, he is four strokes off the top of the table. This position belongs to Wes Roach. One stroke away from Roach is a T2 group of four players, including world number one Dustin Johnson.

Nienaber turned pro in 2019 and is a full-time member of the European Tour. Last May, he won for the first time – Dimension Data Pro-Am in his native South Africa.

Nienaber has only been in the pro for two years, but is off to a promising start.  Photo: Twitter / Wilco Nienaber

Nienaber has only been in the pro for two years, but is off to a promising start. Image: Twitter / Wilco Nienaber

Last season, Nienaber ranked first in the overall statistics for teeing distance in the European First Division system, averaging 340.4 yards. This season, he reached 323.8 yards, so he fell second in this professional side because his personal schedule did not match the general program.

The current PGA Tour records Bryson DeChambeau farthest, averaging 322.7 yards.

Quoc Huy (according to the Golf Channel)


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