European Tour pro Thomas Pieters has never had an issue with length off the tee. He’s currently ranked in the European Tour’s top eight long bombers, with an average driving distance of over 315 yards.
So one can imagine that it’s not often that Pieters would need to call upon a driver off the deck when playing a par 5, but an opportunity presented itself that he just couldn’t resist during the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Pieters was in prime position off the tee on the 597-yard par-5 8th hole at Abu Dhabi GC, but instead of laying up, Pieters decided to go for the green with a driver — a difficult shot to execute, as any player who’s tried it knows. But lest we forget, Pieters is a professional who knows what he’s doing, and, unsurprisingly, he absolutely striped it.
The 27-year-old not only utilized a soft fade for a perfect line, but the ball even landed well, taking just two small hops before rolling right up to the hole. Pieters was left with about a 12-footer for eagle, which he missed, but hey, wouldn’t be all like to have such a pleasant two-putt for birdie?
Pieters is currently tied for 14th at eight under par overall at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship — six shots behind Lee Westwood’s lead with one round left to play. You can watch a video of Pieters’ epic driver swing below.
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