LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tim Burke won the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship on Wednesday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, hitting his fourth shot in the final round 427 yards.
England's Joe Miller was second.
The two advanced from the final field of eight who began the night, battling chilly weather conditions, and hitting the ball toward the bright lights of the famed-Las Vegas Strip in the distance.
Both Burke and Miller each got six drives, over two rounds of three shots apiece, with the longest shot that stayed within a 50-yard wide grid counting toward their final score. Burke, who was second to Ryan Winther in the 2012 event, earned $250,000.
Moments after drilling the 427-yarder, Burke said he couldn't help but look straight into the sky and think about his his father.
Burke's father died 13 years ago, when the long-hitter was a freshman in high school, but the 27-year-old Orlando, Fla., resident said it was the first thought that crossed his mind after winning.
"I just looked up and thought to myself, and said to him, 'Wow, I can't believe I did it.' It was surreal," Burke said. "I waited a year for this. I took one week off last year, and I just decided I'm going to start from the foundation up. I got a little better golf swing and gained a lot of speed."
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