A pro disc golfer made a miraculous 247-foot birdie to force a playoff in the sport’s biggest event

James Conrad lines up his shot at the 2021 Professional Disc Golfers Association World Championships.
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  • James Conrad won the Professional Disc Golfers Association World Championships.
  • Conrad’s win came thanks to a miraculous 75.29m birdie on the final hole of the tournament.
  • The birdie forced a playoff, which Conrad won over the GOAT of disc golf, Paul McBeth.
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The Professional Disc Golfers Association World Championships ended with a bang over the weekend in Ogden, Utah, after the greatest athlete in the sport’s history had his shot at a sixth title upended by a dramatic 75.29m birdie.

Heading into the final hole of the competition, Paul McBeth held a one-stroke lead on the competition.

McBeth is a force in disc golf, having won four straight world championships from 2012-2015, finishing second in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and then taking back the title in 2019 to enter this year’s tournament as the reigning champion.

But on the final hole, McBeth’s quest to repeat and take home his sixth title hit a snag thanks to James Conrad.

Conrad trailed McBeth by a stroke and needed a dramatic birdie from 75.29m out to force a playoff.

Conrad made his throw, playing a beautiful left-to-right bend, and somehow found the chains, sending the crowd into hysterics.

After making his shot, Conrad ran to retrieve his disc as fans began to storm the course in disbelief.

It’s tough to imagine a more consequential throw in the history of the sport.

-Disc Golf Pro Tour (@DiscGolfProTour) June 27, 2021

With his birdie, Conrad forced a playoff against McBeth with the championship on the line.

Conrad planted his drive on the playoff hole just a few feet from the pin and sank his birdie putt to take home the trophy.

-Disc Golf Pro Tour (@DiscGolfProTour) June 27, 2021

After his round, Conrad was in disbelief of his play at the finish.

“To be able to make that shot from maybe 60.96m on 18 still almost doesn’t feel real,” Conrad said. “Like, I saw it go in, but still, it’s hard to even believe.

With the win, Conrad took home the top prize of $16,500.