Wilco Nienaber quickly established himself as the European Tour's longest hitter during his rookie season last year. It took him even less time to lay claim to that title on the PGA Tour.
Making his U.S. debut at this week's Palmetto Championship, the 21-year-old South African put on a driving exhibition that had fellow tour pros turning their heads. Literally.
Here's what Roberto Castro, who was playing in the group ahead, tweeted following the round:
I played in front of this dude today. This drive rolled 15 yards. No wind. I saw it land, had to get my yardage book out to see how far it flew. 340. Shotlink confirmed. @Wilco pic.twitter.com/yHV15hqJjV— Roberto Castro (@cicioCASTRO) June 10, 2021
But that was far from Nienaber's only bomb of the opening round. He laid up off the tee on 18, but here's a list of how long his other drives went—as well as a video—during a day in which he led in strokes gained off-the-tee, picking up nearly 2.5 shots on the field:
Officially, Nienaber, who is already a winner on both the Sunshine Tour and Challenge Tour, was only second in driving distance for the day, but that stat only takes into account two holes. When factoring in all his tee shots, it wasn't even close:
21-year-old @WilcoNienaber is currently T16 in his TOUR debut.