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 statistics from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, won by Kevin Stadler:
Longest drive: Pat Perez, 382 yards
Perez’s big blast came on the 470-yard eighth hole at TPC Scottsdale. The 37-year-old, who finished T-2 at Torrey Pines, was in the hunt again in Phoenix before a 70-71 weekend dropped him six shots off the pace.
Driving distance: Bubba Watson, 334.1 yards
Watson could bomb away in the Arizona desert, and he nearly walked away with his first PGA Tour title since the 2012 Masters. Instead, he finished in a tie for second, one shot behind winner Stadler.
Recent leaders: Farmers: Bubba Watson, 309.9 yards; Humana: Harris English, 309.6; Sony: Jimmy Walker, 319.5
Carry distance: Bubba Watson, 317.4 yards
It’s the second week in a row that Watson topped this category, and represented the longest carry distance of the season.
Recent leaders: Farmers: Bubba Watson, 308.3 yards; Humana: Gary Woodland, 297.5; Sony: Charlie Beljan, 286.4
Clubhead speed: Bubba Watson, 123.86 mph
The free-swinging left-hander also led this category for the second week in a row. He checked in only slightly behind the fastest of the year – Charlie Beljan’s 123.87 mph swing at PGA West.
Recent leaders: Farmers: Bubba Watson, 123.41 mph; Humana: Charlie Beljan, 123.87; Sony: Charlie Beljan, 123.23
Ball speed: Bubba Watson, 183.90 mph
No surprise, Bubba also finished atop this category, too, for the second week in a row.
Recent leaders: Farmers: Bubba Watson, 183.26 mph; Humana: Seung-yul Noh: 177.87; Sony: Charlie Beljan, 178.62