Kings of Distance: 2015 Valspar 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 Valspar Championship:

Longest drive: Scott Pinckney, 380 yards

Pinckney is by no means one of the longer hitters on Tour. He ranks 100th in driving distance at just over 288 yards but rifled one 92 yards past his average at Innisbrook. Unfortunately, he missed the weekend after rounds of 73-72.

Recent leaders: Gary Woodland, 382 yards (WGC-Cadillac Championship); Sergio Garcia, 403 yards (Honda Classic)

Driving distance: Andres Romero, 295.8 yards

Romero had a little more luck parlaying his length into a successful outing, with a T-24 finish. WGC-Cadillac winner Dustin Johnson leads the Tour in this category at 317.3 yards.

Recent leaders: Dustin Johnson, 328.3 (WGC-Cadillac Championship); Patrick Rodgers, 303 yards (Honda Classic)

Carry distance: Robert Garrigus, 307.5 yards

Length isn't a problem for Garrigus, but like a lot of big hitters, accuracy is; he's all the way down at 111th in driving accuracy. His T-47 at Valspar was his second-best finish in nine starts this season.

Recent leaders: Dustin Johnson, 319.6 (WGC-Cadillac Championship); Patrick Rodgers, 292.8 yards (Honda Classic)

Clubhead speed: Henrik Stenson, 122.06 mph

Stenson worked his way into a tie for fourth at the Valspar, using a final-round 67 to miss the three-way playoff by a single shot.

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 123.85 mph (WGC-Cadillac Championship); Brooks Koepka, 122.85 (Honda Classic)

Ball speed: Jason Kokrak, 180.67 mph

Kokrak turned in his first top-10 finish on Tour this season, a T-7, at 5-under par 279.

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson,184.65 (WGC-Cadillac Championship); Brooks Koepka, 179.87 (Honda Classic)