Kings of Distance: Crowne Plaza Invitational


Each week on, 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 Crowne Plaza Invitational, won by Adam Scott:

Longest drive: Andrew Loupe, 365 yards

While Loupe has led an event in driving distance already this season, the 365 yard drive helped him to longest drive for the first time this season. Loupe finished in a tie for 45th. 

Recent leaders: Jamie Lovemark, 379 yards (Byron Nelson); Jamie Donaldson, 348 yards (Players); Bud Cauley, 380 yards (Charlotte); Dustin Morris, 376 yards (Zurich)

Driving distance: Andrew Loupe, 319.3 yards

Loupe makes a return to the top of this category for the first time since the Zurich Classic. Five of the last six leaders in this statistic have finished 45th or worse in that week’s Tour event.

Recent leaders: Jamie Lovemark, 379 yards (Byron Nelson); Bubba Watson, 306.1 yards (Players); J.B. Holmes, 333.9 yards (Charlotte); Andrew Loupe, 314.5 yards (Zurich) 

Carry distance: Dustin Johnson, 323.6 yards

DJ had the furthest carry distance for the third time this season. While total driving distance leader Bubba Watson sat idle at home, Johnson closed the gap on his lead. DJ finished T-14 at Colonial.

Recent leaders: Robert Garrigus and Jamie Lovemark, 283.3 yards (Byron Nelson); Bubba Watson, 293.4 yards (Players); J.B. Holmes, 315 yards (Charlotte); Charles Howell III, 284 yards (Zurich)

Clubhead speed: Andrew Loupe, 123.42 mph

Loupe had the fastest clubhead speed for the fourth time this season.

Recent leaders: Charlie Beljan, 123.26 mph (Byron Nelson); Gary Woodland, 123.70 mph (Players); Gary Woodland, 123.44 mph (Charlotte); Andrew Loupe, 124.14 mph (Zurich)

Ball speed: Andrew Loupe, 183.27 mph 

Loupe nearly made a clean sweep in distance stats at the Crowne Plaza. This marks the fourth time this season Loupe had the fastest ball speed.

Recent leaders: Charlie Beljan, 182.21 mph (Byron Nelson); Bubba Watson, 182.21 mph (Players); Jason Kokrak, 179.95 mph (Charlotte); Andrew Loupe, 184.35 mph (Zurich)