Eight men and four women tonight will be vying for the coveted championship belt and the title of the longest hitter in golf, as the 43rd World Long Drive Championship culminates under the lights and in primetime live on Golf Channel at 9 p.m. ET. Leading the field of eight remaining men in the Open Division include World No. 2 ranked competitor (and three-time Tour event winner in 2018) Will Hogue, who is looking to win his first world championship, along with two-time world champion Tim Burke, who is seeking his third championship belt. In the Women’s Division, two-time world champion Phillis Meti is hoping to capture her second world title in three years, and third overall. She’ll go up against fellow world champion Heather Manfredda, along with Chloe Garner and Emily Tubert, who earned her first World Long Drive victory last month.
Originating in 1976, the 2018 World Long Drive Championship marks the fifth televised WLDA event of the year, and is being contested on the Texas / Oklahoma border at WinStar World Casino and Resort, which hosts the event for the fourth consecutive year. Tonight’s telecast will feature the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship matches in the Open Division, along with the Women’s Division’s semifinal and championship matches:
OPEN DIVISION QUARTERFINAL MATCHES (Seeds based on World Ranking):
(1) Will Hogue (Memphis, Tenn.) vs. (8) Justin Moose (Columbia, S.C.)
(4) Ryan Steenberg (Rochester, N.Y.) vs. (12) Jim Waldron (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
(6) Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.) vs. (14) Josh Cassaday (Denver, Colo.)
(2) Maurice Allen (Pine Hills, Fla.) vs. (10) Mark Costello (Houston, Texas)
WOMEN’S DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCHES:
Emily Tubert (Burbank, Calif.) vs. Chloe Garner (Johnson City, Tenn.)
Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) vs. Heather Manfredda (Shelbyville, Ky.)
FERNANDES WINS MASTERS DIVISION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: In addition to the Open Division Round of 16 matches, Tuesday night’s live telecast also saw Eddie Fernandes (Winter Garden, Fla.) defeat Jeff Gavin (Stoney Creek, Ont., Canada) in the championship match of the Masters Division (age 45+) to claim his first-ever world championship. The 47-year-old Fernandes became emotional while accepting the championship belt afterward in paying respect to those who helped him to victory.