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Wilco Nienaber takes long-drive show to the PGA Tour for the first time

Wilco Nienaber hit a 348-yard drive on the par-5 twelfth throughout Round 1 of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree … and it didn’t rank amongst his top-5 longest drives of the day.

The 21-year-old South African, who leads amongst regulars in driving distance on the European Tour, is making his PGA Tour debut this week in South Carolina. He’s in the area for the upcoming U.S. Open and was given a sponsor exemption into this week’s occasion.

Nienaber earned his first European Tour win in May at the Dimension Data Pro-Am, however he’s garnered way more consideration for his prodigious size, with one clocking in at 439 yards at November’s Joburg Open.

He didn’t hit that quantity on Thursday, however he did register 5 drives over 350 yards at Congaree

Nienaber led the area in driving distance on all holes in Round 1, however the solely quantity that actually counted was the last tally on his scorecard, which was a 3-under 68. He’s tied for nineteenth, 4 off the lead.

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