Each week, GolfChannel.com will take a detailed look at the players who pounded the farthest and fastest tee shots on the PGA Tour. Here are the four most important distance-related stats from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, won by Tiger Woods:
Longest drive: Robert Garrigus, 369 yards
It was a bit of a surprise to learn that this was the first time that Garrigus has topped this category this season. His big blast came on the 390-yard fifth hole in the opening round at Bay Hill, even though it didn’t help Garrigus during the tournament, as his 77-72 led to his first missed cut of the season. Phil Mickelson’s 450-yard cart path-aided drive at Doral is still the longest of the season.
Last four leaders: Tampa Bay: Gary Woodland, 411 yards; WGC-Cadillac: Phil Mickelson, 450; Honda: Nicolas Colsaerts, 367; Northern Trust: Bill Haas, 366
Carry distance: Justin Rose, 300.6 yards
The Englishman finished second at Bay Hill, but he also showed that he can get his tee shot out there a little bit, finishing with the longest carry distance of the week. He ranked well behind Graham DeLaet’s Tour-topping 324.2-yard bomb at Honda, but he was still ahead of last week’s leader, Angel Cabrera.
Last four leaders: Tampa: Angel Cabrera, 299 yards; Doral: Bubba Watson, 309.1; Honda: Graham DeLaet, 324.2; Northern Trust: Angel Cabrera, 298
Clubhead speed: Charlie Beljan, 125.95 mph
This is the second time that Beljan has topped this category, but he couldn’t quite replicate his performance from Riviera. That said, Beljan’s swing speed at Bay Hill was still the second-fastest of the season. Overall, he leads the Tour in clubhead speed (124.61 mph).
Last four leaders: Tampa: Graham DeLaet, 123.14 mph; Doral: Sergio Garcia, 122.55; Honda: Gary Woodland, 123.16; Northern Trust: Charlie Beljan, 128.41
Ball speed: Charlie Beljan, 183.95 mph
No surprise, Beljan also was the leader in this category, as well. It was the fastest ball speed since Dustin Johnson’s season-opening 184.38 mph ball speed at Kapalua.
Last four leaders: Tampa: Graham DeLaet, 180.71 mph; Doral: Bubba Watson, 181.32; Honda: Graham DeLaet, 180.69; Northern Trust: Charlie Beljan, 182.58