Golf information, Joburg Open: Wilco Nienaber, 439-yard drive, Shaun Norris, European Tour, Bryson DeChambeau

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Wilco Nienaber hit a crazy drive. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)


Wilco Nienaber slammed a tee shot 439 yards (401.5 metres) Thursday en path to a 63 and a share of the Joburg Open first-round lead with fellow South African Shaun Norris.

The 20-year-old, who turned skilled final 12 months after a 21-title newbie profession, was aided by taking part in at an altitude of 1,753 metres (5,751 toes) in Johannesburg because the ball travels additional.

However the exceptional size of his drive on the par-five fourth in Randpark Golf Membership compares favourably with American big-hitter Bryson DeChambeau, who has been averaging 325 yards, usually at sea degree, on the PGA circuit.

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