British Open: Charl Schwartzel goes long, really long

Muirfield's firm conditions allow for a lot of roll and Charl Schwartzel took full advantage.

With balls typically rolling at least 50 yards -- and more on most holes -- players are getting plenty of distance off of the tee at the British Open. The big news was when Bubba Watson hit a 315-yard 6-iron during his round on Friday, but Charl Schwartzel topped that on Saturday.

Five-over on his round, Schwartzel had nothing to lose and pulled out his driver on the Par-4 15th and bombed one down the middle. His ball hung in the middle, avoiding bunkers on the left and right, rolling all the way onto the green of the 448-yard hole. The drive was so long, it interrupted the players already on the green as they stood back and watched it roll to within 20 feet of the pin.


Schwartzel's drive would have been long without the roll, but the firm conditions added at least 100 yards. He went on to miss the eagle putt, but eventually tapped it in for a birdie.

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