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Louis Oosthuizen hits 500-yard tee-shot at Ballantine"s Championship

Happy Gilmore! Oosthuizen hits 500-yard tee-shot but can only manage par as the ball takes a long stroll down country path

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Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

11:24 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Louis Oosthuizen already averages more than 300 yards per drive on the European Tour this season, but not usually in the manner he did in the Ballantine's Championship today.

Oosthuizen's tee-shot on the 583-yard first hole at Blackstone Golf Club was pushed right of the fairway and bounced onto a winding cart path running down the side of the hole.

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Big hitter: Oosthuizen regularly hits over 300 yards on the European TourEuropean

Big hitter: Oosthuizen regularly hits over 300 yards on the European Tour

It then rolled downhill for more than a minute and a half, picking up speed after almost coming to a halt at one point and trundling past two bemused spectators before coming to a halt against a kerb – around 500 yards from the tee.

From there the world number seven took a free drop and pitched back onto the fairway, eventually recording a par five on his way to a round of 71 and four-under-par halfway total of 140.

It is still not known whether Oosthuizen's drive ended up further than the previous longest hit in tournament history – courtesy of 64-year-old Mike Austin, who hit 515 yards on a 450-yard par 4 in Las Vegas.

Stroll: The South African's drive rolled for a minute and a half down a path, and he ended up making par

Stroll: The South African's drive rolled for a minute and a half down a path, and he ended up making par

That way! Oosthuizen stands with his caddie Wynand Stander on the tenth hole in South Korea

That way! Oosthuizen stands with his caddie Wynand Stander on the tenth hole in South Korea

Bernd Wiesberger wins Lyoness Open

Wiesberger delights home fans as Austrian wins Lyoness Open after storming final round

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UPDATED:

15:29 GMT, 28 July 2012

Winner: Wiesberger celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th

Winner: Wiesberger celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th

Home favourite Bernd Wiesberger snatched victory with a superb seven-under-par last round of 65 in the Lyoness Open in Austria.

The 26-year-old from Vienna caught the long-time leader Thorbjorn Olesen with a burst of four birdies in five holes around the turn and then took the lead with two more birdies at the 15th and 16th.

He finished with a spectacular 50-foot putt on the final green for a 19-under-par total at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg – only an hour away from his home.

Ireland's Shane Lowry posted a final-round 66 to share second place with Frenchman Thomas Levet two shots back. Dane Olesen, who had led since midway through a rain-hit second round, slumped to a 74 to leave him a further two shots adrift in fifth place, one behind Sweden's Rikard Karlberg.

Victory saw Wiesberger become the second Austrian to win his national open after Markus Brier in 2006.

Blue is the colour: Wiesberger is delighted with his victory

Blue is the colour: Wiesberger is delighted with his victory

It came just three months after his first European Tour victory at the Ballantine's Championship.

Any doubts over whether Wiesberger could hang on to his lead were dispelled at the 17th – when his mis-hit tee shot clattered into a tree but then bounced into short semi-rough to leave him an angle to the green to save his par.

A jubilant Wiesberger said the victory had made it 'the best day of my life so far'.

'It seems like it went my way, especially the last two holes,' he said.

'I had such a great country and such great fans backing me. I'm very proud to be following in such big footsteps [as Brier]. I'm sure I'm not going to be the last home winner.'
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Paul Casey in the hunt at Ballantine"s

Casey in the hunt as Frenchman Dubuisson leads Ballantine's

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UPDATED:

11:20 GMT, 26 April 2012

Victor Dubuisson held a two-shot lead at the end of the opening day of the Ballantine's Championship in Icheon, South Korea.

The Frenchman recovered from a double bogey on the par-four fourth to mix eight birdies with two bogeys in a round of 68.

That left Dubuisson on four under, two ahead of a group of five players which includes English pair Paul Casey and Mark Foster.

In contention: Paul Casey is two shots off the lead after round one

In contention: Paul Casey is two shots off the lead after round one

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Casey had four birdies and bogeys at the ninth and 11th holes, while Foster also had four birdies and two dropped shots to card 70.

Scotland's Richie Ramsey had a double bogey on the fifth, but sank five birdies to lie on two under, with Welshman Jamie Donaldson on the same mark after dropping a shot on the 18th. Local favourite Jung Ji-ho completed the group.

Eleven players were tied for seventh on one under, among them Oliver Fisher and Ross Fisher of England, and Irishman Paul McGinley.

Windy conditions made life difficult for many of the competitors, but Dubuisson was more than satisfied with his efforts for the round.

Out in front: Victor Dubuisson is the early leader at the Ballantine's Championship

Out in front: Victor Dubuisson is the early leader at the Ballantine's Championship

'Very pleased with playing four under today,' he said on the European Tour's website.

'My putting was really, really good today and I think it's the only way to achieve good scoring in these conditions.

'On the third hole the wind was from the left, and so on the fourth tee I thought the wind was going to be sort of left to right, but the wind was turning all the time.

'The wind just turned right to left and it went into the water. So I was not really upset after this double bogey because I didn't hit a bad shot.

Solid start: Scotland's Richie Ramsay signed for a 70 at the Ballantine's

Solid start: Scotland's Richie Ramsay signed for a 70 at the Ballantine's

'I did my best to get back my concentration, and I made two birdies, good putts on five and six, and that was the good turn today.'

Casey, who only recently returned to playing following a shoulder injury, believes he can challenge for the title if he finds some consistency.

'I know if I play the golf I'm capable of, I've got a very good chance to win,' said the Englishman.

'The way I played today, I need to keep that form going because there's a long way to go.'

Ballantine"s Championhip: Live leaderboard

Ballantine's Championship leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

The European Tour is in South Korea this week for the Ballantine's Championship.

Defending champion Lee Westwood is not in the field so Adam Scott starts as the favourite.

You can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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No repeat: Defending champion Lee Westwood is not in the field

No repeat: Defending champion Lee Westwood is not in the field

Lee Westwood pulls out of World Match Play

Westwood becomes latest star to pull out of World Match Play

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UPDATED:

14:15 GMT, 25 April 2012

Lee Westwood has followed Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald in deciding not to play next month's Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain.

The world's top three all competed at Finca Cortesin near Marbella last May, but with Masters champion Bubba Watson and fellow American Hunter Mahan likely absentees as well, the highest-ranked player in the 24-man field looks set to be German Martin Kaymer.

Staying away: Westwood won't be at the World Match Play

Staying away: Westwood won't be at the World Match Play

Like McIlroy, Westwood is back as a member of the PGA Tour this season and that has led to a number of changes in his schedule.

He is not defending the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea this week, instead taking a week off before returning to the United States for the Wells Fargo Championship and Players Championship.

The 39-year-old world No 3 won the World Match Play at Wentworth in 2000, but went out at the last 16 stage to eventual winner Ian Poulter a year ago.

Favourite: Kaymer will be the highest ranked player in Spain

Favourite: Kaymer will be the highest ranked player in Spain

McIlroy was beaten at the same stage by Graeme McDowell while Donald reached the final, but the trio have all dropped the event so that they are fresher for the following week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and for the build-up to the US Open in San Francisco in June.

The 22-year-old Ulsterman has also decided not to play the Nordea Masters in Sweden the week before he defends his major title.

First prize at the Match Play is over 700,000 and those who exit at the group stage still walk away with more than 60,000.