Each week, GolfChannel.com will take a detailed look at the players who pounded the farthest and fastest drives on the PGA Tour. Here are the four most important distance-related stats from the Wells Fargo Championship, won by Derek Ernst:
Longest drive: Shawn Stefani, 363 yards
Stefani topped this category for the first time with his big blast on the 487-yard 16th hole at Quail Hollow in the opening round. (He eventually tied for 27th.) It was an impressive poke, especially considering the waterlogged course and the cold and damp conditions in Charlotte all week.
Last four leaders: New Orleans: Michael Letzig, 376 yards; Hilton Head: Camilo Villegas, 386; San Antonio: Luke List, 371; Houston: Graham DeLaet, 420
Carry distance: Gary Woodland, 297.4 yards
Woodland’s big tee shot was shorter than many of the other chart-toppers this season, but blame the weather for that. He finished T-61 at Quail Hollow.
Last four leaders: New Orleans: Graham DeLaet, 307.3 yards; Hilton Head: Zach Johnson, 282.6; San Antonio: 314.1; Houston: Charlie Beljan, 302.4
Clubhead speed: Luke List, 124.88 mph
It’s the second week in a row, and third time this year, that List has topped this category. Perhaps more impressively, List was one of three players to break 70 in a steady rain Sunday, moving all the way up to T-16.
Last four leaders: New Orleans: List, 124.76 mph; Hilton Head: Robert Garrigus, 121.23; San Antonio: Charlie Beljan, 123.51; Houston: Beljan, 124.94
Ball speed: Luke List, 184.69 mph
No surprise, List also was the leader in this category, and he posted the identical ball speed to his chart-topper last week. It’s the fourth time this season that he has led this statistic.
Last four leaders: New Orleans: List, 184.69 mph; Hilton Head: Robert Garrigus, 180.02; San Antonio: Charlie Beljan, 181.46; Houston: Beljan, 184.90