Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll detail which players pounded the farthest and fastest drives on the PGA Tour. Here are the five most important distance-related stats from the RBC Heritage, won by Matt Kuchar:
Longest drive: Charlie Beljan, 370 yards
Beljan led the category for the second time this season (375-yard blast in Tampa). The long drive here didn’t help Beljan all that much – he missed the cut at Harbour Town after rounds of 73-74.
Recent leaders: Ernie Els, 373 yards (Houston); Greg Chalmers, 374 (Valero); Luke Guthrie, 370 yards (Bay Hill); Charlie Beljan, 375 yards (Tampa)
Driving distance: Charles Howell III, 301.9 yards
Howell is an unfamiliar name in this category, and he tied for 53rd at the Heritage. He was the third player in a row who led this category and finished outside the top 50 in the event. In the seven prior events, each player who led this category also finished inside the top 10.
Recent leaders: Jhonattan Vegas, 318.9 yards (Houston); J.B. Holmes, 310.8 yards (Valero); J.B. Holmes, 311.6 yards (Bay Hill); Graham DeLaet, 305.4 yards (Tampa)
Carry distance: Andrew Loupe, 287 yards
Loupe led this category for the first time and tied for 48th at Harbour Town. Distance, of course, isn’t a great predictor for success at the tight track.
Recent leaders: J.B. Holmes, 284.7 yards (Houston); J.B. Holmes, 309.2 yards (Valero); Sean O’Hair, 299 yards (Bay Hill); Morgan Hoffmann, 305.1 yards (Tampa)
Clubhead speed: Andrew Loupe, 123.85 mph
Loupe also topped this category for the second time in three weeks. It was less than 1 mph slower than his chart-topper at TPC San Antonio.
Recent leaders: Jhonattan Vegas, 122.07 mph (Houston); Andrew Loupe, 125.01 mph (Valero); Charlie Beljan, 123.89 mph (Bay Hill); Jason Kokrak, 121.40 mph (Tampa)
Ball speed: Andrew Loupe, 183.92 mph
No surprise, Loupe also led this category for the second time in three weeks.
Recent leaders: Jhonattan Vegas, 180.96 mph (Houston); Andrew Loupe, 185.34 mph (Valero); Jason Kokrak, 181.20 mph (Bay Hill); Jason Kokrak, 180.12 mph (Tampa)