Kings of Distance: Zurich Classic


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 Zurich Classic, won by Seung-Yul Noh:

Longest drive: Dustin Morris, 376 yards

The long drive here didn’t help Morris all that much – he missed the cut at TPC Louisiana after rounds of 75-747. 

Recent leaders: Greg Chalmers, 374 yards (Valero); Luke Guthrie, 370 yards (Bay Hill); Charlie Beljan, 375 yards (Tampa); Charlie Beljan, 370 yards (RBC Heritage)

Driving distance: Andrew Loupe, 314.5 yards

Through 33 rounds this year on the PGA Tour, Loupe ranks 15th in driving distance, so it's no surprise that he outdrove the field in the bayou.

Recent leaders: J.B. Holmes, 310.8 yards (Valero); J.B. Holmes, 311.6 yards (Bay Hill); Graham DeLaet, 305.4 yards (Tampa); Charles Howell III, 301.9 (RBC Heritage)

Carry distance: Charles Howell III, 284 yards 

Howell topped this category for just the second time this season en route to a T-34 finish at the Zurich.

Recent leaders: J.B. Holmes, 309.2 yards (Valero); Sean O’Hair, 299 yards (Bay Hill); Morgan Hoffmann, 305.1 yards (Tampa); Andrew Loupe, 287 yards (RBC Heritage)

Clubhead speed: Andrew Loupe, 124.14 mph

Loupe topped this category for the third time in four weeks. It was less than 1 mph slower than his chart-topper at TPC San Antonio.  

Recent leaders: Andrew Loupe, 125.01 mph (Valero); Charlie Beljan, 123.89 mph (Bay Hill); Jason Kokrak, 121.40 mph (Tampa); Andrew Loupe, 123.85 mph (RBC Heritage)

Ball speed: Andrew Loupe, 184.35 mph

No surprise, Loupe also led this category for the third time in four weeks.

Recent leaders: Andrew Loupe, 185.34 mph (Valero); Jason Kokrak, 181.20 mph (Bay Hill); Jason Kokrak, 180.12 mph (Tampa); Andrew Loupe, 183.92 mph (RBC Heritage)