Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll take a detailed look at the players who pounded the farthest and fastest drives on the PGA Tour. Here are the five most important distance-related stats from the Northern Trust Open.
Longest drive: Jordan Spieth, 382 yards
This was a slightly surprising blast from the not-known-for-his-length Spieth, who ranks 40th on Tour in average driving distance at 297.7 yards. Spieth entered the 72nd hole Sunday at 6 under for the championship, but a bogey at the last cost him a spot in the eventual playoff. Instead, he finished in a tie for fourth.
Recent leaders: Andrew Loupe, 369 yards (Pebble Beach Pro-Am); Angel Cabrera, 364 yards (Farmers Insurance Open)
Driving distance: Dustin Johnson, 314.9 yards
After a missed cut at Torrey Pines in his first start back from a six-month absence, Dustin Johnson finished T-4 at Pebble Beach and then T-2 at Riviera, losing the latter event in a three-man playoff. As for his performance off the tee, through three events Johnson is leading the Tour in driving distance at 315.5 yards.
Recent leaders: Brandon Hagy, 324.5 yards (Pebble Beach Pro-Am); Jason Day, 308.9 yards (Farmers Insurance Open)
Carry distance: Bubba Watson, 310.0 yards
Watson on Sunday ascended to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career thanks to a T-14 finish at Riviera. Tony Finau remains your year-long leader in this category with an average of 306.3 yards. Speaking of which ...
Recent leaders: Brandon Hagy, 314.3 yards (Pebble Beach Pro-Am); Jason Day, 312.9 (Farmers Insurance Open)
Clubhead speed: Tony Finau, 126.17 mph
They've tracked clubhead speed at 11 of 12 PGA Tour events this year, and Finau has walked away as the leader five times. That said, Charlie Beljan remains the fastest on Tour at an average of 124.31 mph.
Recent leaders: Brandon Hagy, 128.58 (Pebble Beach Pro-Am); Tony Finau, 122.63 (Farmers Insurance Open)
Ball speed: Tony Finau, 184.06
Finau led this category up until the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, when he was overtaken by Bubba Watson, who still leads the Tour at 183.9 mph. Out of 11 events, Funau has taken this category, like the last one, five times.
Recent leaders: Brandon Hagy, 190.38 (Pebble Beach Pro-Am); Tony Finau, 182.04 (Farmers Insurance Open)
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