The longest eight golfers on Earth were determined following three days of grueling competition of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship at the Mesquite Sports and Event Complex. The eight golfers, known as the Las Vegas 8, will compete in the Finals for the world title and a first-place prize of $250,000. The Finals will be televised live on Golf Channel Nov. 4 from the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. The Las Vegas 8 Finalists are: Daniel Beckman, Jeff Crittenden, Jeff Flagg, Matt Hanger, Joe Miller, Connor Powers, Jamie Sadlowski and Adam Smith.
The 2014 Las Vegas 8 features three competitors making a return trip to the Finals: Hanger, Miller and Sadlowski. In addition, Sadlowski reached the final eight for the eighth-straight time and was the world champion in 2008 and 2009. Miller, from London, England, won it all in 2010 and was the runner-up to Tim Burke in 2013.
Las Vegas 8 (Yardage of Qualifying Drive)
Daniel Beckman (396 yards) Fresno, California
Jeff Crittenden (398 yards) Greensboro, North Carolina
Jeff Flagg (397 yards) Pelham, Alabama
Matt Hanger (403 yards) Anaheim, California
Joe Miller (393 yards) London, England
Connor Powers (402 yards) Naperville, Illinois
Jamie Sadlowski (409 yards) St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
Adam Smith (397 yards) Tomball, Texas
October is Long Drive Month on Golf Channel. Airing Oct. 14, 21 and 28, the first three episodes of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship will feature action from this week in Mesquite. The live finals air on Nov. 4 at 7 PM PST. Each of the Las Vegas 8 finalists will be featured on Golf Central, Morning Drive, Golf Fix and other Golf Channel programming throughout the month of October.
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