Zuback back on top of Long Drive world

Canadian Jason Zuback, generally credited with putting power golf on the sports landscape, won the 2006 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship for a record fifth time Saturday night at The Palms GC.

Zuback claimed the open division title with a drive of 368 yards, 29 inches, defeating runner-up Eric Lastowka (355 yards, 6 inches) in the match-play finals. Zuback, 36, previously reeled off four consecutive world titles from 1996-99. He earned $125,000 this time around from a record purse of $500,000.

Lastowka collected $50,000 for his career-best performance. He previously reached the open division finals in 2001.

Zuback, a resident of Calgary, Alberta, was elected to the Long Drivers of America (LDA) Hall of Fame in 2003. He posted the longest drive of the evening finals, 386 yards, with temperatures in the low 60s and no appreciable breeze.