WATCH: The 422-Yard Monster Drive That Helped Kyle Berkshire Retain the Long Drive Championship Title

Published 10/02/2021, 10:07 AM EDT


Kyle Berkshire created history as he secured his second consecutive PLDA world long drive title. The world number 1 amazed the field in Mesquite, Nevada, with his consistently brilliant performances.

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He bettered his previous winning performance of 406-yards by smashing a monstrous 422-yard drive. He beat fellow American Justin James, who narrowly missed out by a 418-yard drive.

The 24-year-old from the University of North Texas was originally looking to make a breakthrough in professional golf. However, his coach noticed his potential for long driving and introduced him to it. Within three years, he was crowned as the world champion and has done it again this year.

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Berkshire hit a 420-yard drive in his second attempt to take an early lead. In his next try, he bettered it with a 422-yard bomb, which would be enough to secure him the title. James, on the other hand, struggled to even cross the 420 mark, something he has done frequently coming into the competition.

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‘Feels awesome’- Kyle Berkshire on his double title

Berkshire had recorded his longest ever drive at 474 yards at Yucca Valley, California. However, at this edition, his longest drive came at 439 yards, in one of the previous rounds. Not only did he beat Justin James, he also got the better of Mark Borgmeier, Bryson DeChambeau and Bryce Verplank.

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Talking about his second title, he said, “It feels awesome. Because, you know, defending the title like this is extremely hard and because of the caliber of athletes. There’s so many amazing hitters here, and you know, the bar just keeps getting raised higher and higher.”

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So, the only way to defend, the only option is to keep getting better. You cannot just flatline and expect to keep winning.”

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Berkshire is just 24 and has a long ride ahead of him. What else do you think is in store for him?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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