ABOUT THE 2017 WORLD LONG DRIVE CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2017 World Long Drive Championship will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 6 and will feature a 96-man field competing for $270,000 and a 32-woman field competing for $40,000.
The World Championship will return to WinStar World Casino & Resort (Thackerville, Okla.) for a third consecutive year, following a multi-year extension as host site for the World Championship.
WinStar World Casino
Resort 777 Casino Ave.
Thackerville, OK 73459
HOW TO QUALIFY
For local and regional qualifying locations for the 2017 World Long Drive Championship, find a qualifier near you here.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT
Once the 96-man World Championship field is set, competitors will be divided into six 16-man groups (based on official rankings) where they’ll take part in five sets of eight balls in three minutes, with the top-5 from each group of 16 advancing to the match play round of 32. The sixth place finisher in each of the six groups will take part in a “Sudden Death” shootout round, with the top-2 earning a spot in the round of 32.
The 32 competitors will be divided into four brackets of eight (based on official rankings) and they’ll compete in a double-elimination match play tournament, with 16 players advancing to the Final 16. Golf Channel’s back-to-back nights of live coverage under the lights and in primetime begins with the round of 16 (Tuesday, Sept. 5) and continues with the quarterfinals, semifinals and Championship (Wednesday, Sept. 6) where the 2017 World Long Drive champion will be crowned with the signature championship belt.
The Women’s Division will be represented at each of the three television events (June 3-6, July 22-25, and the World Championship), with the two qualifying events featuring a field of 16 women competitors, and the World Championship field being made up of 32 women. The winner at each of the two televised qualifying events will award one spot in the World Championship field to the highest-finishing not previously exempt competitor, and will award points to the top-4 finishers (1st: 1,000; 2nd: 750; 3rd/4th: 500; 5th-8th: 250; 9th-16th: 125).
The 32-woman field at the World Championship will compete for a $40,000 purse and will be based on a similar points system format as the Open Division. Once the field has been narrowed to eight, the remainder of the competition will be contested in a match play format.
The Masters Division will be utilized at the World Championship and will include a field of 32 men (age 45+) that will mirror the format being used in the Women’s Division.