The 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Championship ended with some major power from champion Justin James.
James took home the title on September 6 at WinStar World Casino and Resort, defeating Canadian Mitch Grassing.
James won the event, which was presented by Performance Inspired, with a colossal 435-yard drive. James had previously advanced against Paul Howell in the quarterfinals with a 434-yard drive, followed by a 437-yard blast in the semis against Kyle Berkshire.
Here’s a look at James’ winning shot:
WALK. OFF. WINNER!!!!@JustinJamesGolf just hit the longest Volvik #WorldLongDrive Championship clincher in history! pic.twitter.com/tvsK1lTTGj
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) September 7, 2017
The powerful slam set a record for the longest clinching drive in Volvik World Long Drive Championship history—the cherry on top of his major payday.
“It’s crazy. I can’t really describe it,” James said to Golf Channel after his win. “You know they say when I watch games, ‘There are no words,’ and I think they’re stupid. But now I’m the stupid one, because there’s no words to describe this. It’s the best thing ever.”
Here’s a look at James with the title belt, courtesy of World Long Drive Championship presenter Performance Inspired:
Really proud of Performance Inspired #Nutrition athlete @justinjamesgolf winning the 2017 World Long Drive! #Golf #WLD #GolfChannel #win pic.twitter.com/4uStud0jzx
— Performance Inspired (@PerformInspired) September 7, 2017
“I feel honored and blessed to be a part of the PI family. World Championship week is the most stressful of our season, but having incredible people behind you makes it a lot easier to handle. Thanks to Tom, Mark, Draymond, and the rest of the incredible team at Performance Inspired. ” – Justin James