Kings of Distance: Memorial Tournament


Each week, details the players who pounded the farthest and fastest drives on the PGA Tour. Here are the five most important distance-related stats from the Memorial Tournament, won by Hideki Matsuyama:

Longest drive: Bubba Watson, 363 yards

Watson is used to blasting long drives, but it was his drive on the par-5 15th at Muirfield Village that cost him a chance at victory at Jack’s Place. He eventually finished third at the Memorial. 

Recent leaders: Andrew Loupe, 365 yards (Colonial); Jamie Lovemark, 379 yards (Nelson); Jamie Donaldson, 348 yards (Players); Bud Cauley, 380 yards (Charlotte)

Driving distance: Dustin Johnson, 324.1 yards

DJ had a disappointing week at the Memorial, tying for 46th. Since J.B. Holmes bombed his way to victory in Charlotte, no player who led this category has finished better than 45th in the last four tournaments.

Recent leaders: Andrew Loupe, 319.3 yards (Colonial); Jamie Lovemark, 323 yards (Nelson); Bubba Watson, 306.1 yards (Players); J.B. Holmes, 333.9 yards (Charlotte)

Carry distance: J.B. Holmes, 297.2 yards

Holmes led this category for the fourth time in the past nine events, but the driving distance didn’t help him much at Muirfield Village, where he tied for 75th

Recent leaders: Dustin Johnson, 323.6 yards (Colonial); Robert Garrigus and Jamie Lovemark, 283.3 yards (Nelson); Bubba Watson, 293.4 yards (Players); J.B. Holmes, 315 yards (Charlotte)

Clubhead speed: Bubba Watson, 122.07 mph

Watson, who finished third at Muirfield Village, also led this category for the first time since topping the field at Doral (124.50 mph). 

Recent leaders: Andrew Loupe, 123.42 mph (Colonial); Charlie Beljan, 123.26 mph (Nelson); Gary Woodland, 123.70 mph (Players); Gary Woodland, 123.44 mph (Charlotte) 

Ball speed: Bubba Watson, 180.47 mph 

No surprise, Watson also led this category his week, though his ball speed was more than 2.5 mph slower than when he topped the field at the Players (183.05 mph). 

Recent leaders: Andrew Loupe, 183.27 mph (Colonial); Charlie Beljan, 182.21 mph (Nelson); Bubba Watson, 183.05 mph (Players); Andrew Loupe, 184.35 mph (Charlotte)