Kings of Distance: 2015 Players Championship


Each week on, we’ll take a detailed look at the players who pounded the farthest and fastest drives on the PGA Tour. Here are the five most important distance-related stats from the 2015 Players Championship:

Longest drive: Dustin Johnson, 369 yards

The leader in average driving distance finished with the longest drive of the week for the first time this year. Unfortunately, his length didn't help much on Pete Dye course predicated on placement and accuracy. DJ finished T-69, tied with final-round playing partner Tiger Woods.

Recent leaders: Martin Flores, 400 yards (Zurich Classic); James Hahn, 370 yards (RBC Heritage)

Driving distance: Dustin Johnson, 311.5 yards

Johnson continues to lead the Tour in this category, which he's done since the Valspar, with a season average of 316.5 yards.

Recent leaders: Jason Day, 314.0 yards (Zurich Classic); Justin Thomas, 296.4 yards (RBC Heritage)

Carry distance: Dustin Johnson, 304.7 yards

Unsurprisingly, Johnson also leads this category at an average of 309.5 yards. Nonetheless, his T-69 at Sawgrass proved his worst finish this year after making the weekend.

Recent leaders: Dustin Johnson, 306.4 yards (Zurich Classic); Jason Kokrak, 303.1 yards (RBC Heritage)

Clubhead speed: Jhonattan Vegas, 124.48 mph

Vegas' speed proved just quicker than Tony Finau's Tour-leading average of 124.10. Vegas finished T-42 at the Players.

Recent leaders: Jhonattan Vegas, 123.31 mph (Zurich Classic); Charlie Beljan, 123.39 mph (RBC Heritage)

Ball speed: Bubba Watson, 184.60 mph

The leader this week is also the Tour's leader for the season at 184.10 mph. The two-time Masters champion matched Vegas with a T-42 at Sawgrass, where length just didn't help - unless you were Rickie Fowler playing the 18th.

Recent leaders: Dustin Johnson, 181.14 mph (Zurich Classic); Charlie Beljan, 181.07 mph (RBC Heritage)