Each week on GolfChannel.com, 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 FedEx St. Jude Classic, won by Ben Crane:
Longest drive: Scott Stallings, 366 yards
This was the first time that Stallings, the winner at Torrey Pines, topped this category this season. He finished T-32 in Memphis, and his big blast came in the final round on the 554-yard third hole at TPC Southwind.
Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 364 yards (Memorial); Andrew Loupe, 365 yards (Colonial); Jamie Lovemark, 379 yards (Nelson)
Driving distance: Dustin Johnson, 310.9 yards
DJ led this statistic for the second consecutive week, and for the fifth time this calendar year. It was the fifth week in a row, however, that the leader in this category finished outside the top 20 in the event. Johnson tied for 24th.
Recent leaders: Dustin Johnson, 324.1 yards (Memorial); Andrew Loupe, 319.3 yards (Colonial); Jamie Lovemark, 323 yards (Nelson)
Carry distance: Brooks Koepka, 306.4 yards
This was the first time that Koepka, who has earned special temporary membership on tour this season, led this category. He tied for 19th in Memphis.
Recent leaders: J.B. Holmes, 297.2 yards (Memorial); Dustin Johnson, 323.6 yards (Colonial); Robert Garrigus and Jamie Lovemark, 283.3 yards
Clubhead speed: Jhonattan Vegas, 121.20 mph
Vegas led this statistic for the second time this season and first since Houston, when he posted a swing speed of 122.07 mph. He finished T-32 at TPC Southwind.
Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 122.07 mph (Memorial); Andrew Loupe, 123.42 mph (Colonial); Charlie Beljan, 123.26 mph (Nelson)
Ball speed: Dustin Johnson, 178.51 mph
DJ topped this category for just the second time this season, and first since Pebble (179.78 mph). His ball speed at Memphis was the slowest to leader this category since Seung-yul Noh’s 177.87 mph total at the Humana.
Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 180.47 mph (Memorial); Andrew Loupe, 183.27 mph (Colonial); Charlie Beljan, 182.21 mph (Nelson)