Australian Seb Twaddell wins Long Drive Championship event with 417-yard drive

Sydney golfer Seb Twaddell has become the first Australian to win a World Long Drive Men’s Open Division event.

Seb Twaddell made history at the World Long Drive Championships in Mesquite, Nevada yesterday becoming the first-ever Australian to win an open-division event.

The win is Twaddell’s first professional long drive victory of his career and means the 22-year-old will tee it up in the end-of-season World Championship event broadcast on the Golf Channel later in the year.

As reported at, 22-year-old Twaddell holds the world record for the fastest ball speed but was an unexpected winner of this event after dropping out before the round of 64 in the last long drive event.

Twaddell, the world record holder for fastest ball speed (240.8 MPH), hit the final ball of the event 417 yards to beat Josh Koch 417-400 in the finals of WLD Mesquite Volume II.

The win comes just one month after Twaddell failed to advance past the Round of 64 at the last event (WLD Hobe Sound). He becomes the first Australian ever to win a World Long Drive Men’s Open Division event. With the win, Twaddell climbs to No. 19 in the world (was previously ranked No. 66).

You can check out the full stream of the finals via the youtube video below.

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