Kings of Distance: Sony Open


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 Sony Open, won (again) by Jimmy Walker:

Driving distance: Steven Bowditch, 318.4 yards 

Bowditch, the 2014 Valero Texas Open winner, tied for 37th at the Sony Open. Last year he ranked 41st on Tour in driving distance, at 299.3 yards per pop. He was 228th (!) in driving accuracy, hitting only 53.13 percent of the fairways. 

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 300.6 yards (Kapalua)

Longest drive: Jason Day, 365 yards

Day tied for 17th at the Sony, which he was playing for the first time since 2011. His big blast came on the 12th hole at Waialae Country Club

Recent leaders: Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy, 409 yards (Kapalua) 

Carry distance: Daniel Berger, 299.1 yards

The PGA Tour rookie tied for 13th at the Sony, his sixth start of the wraparound season.  

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 285.9 yards (Kapalua) 

Clubhead speed: Charles Howell III, 121.14 mph 

Despite his slight frame, Howell has one of the fastest swing speeds in the game, ranking 11th on Tour in that statistic.  

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 124.18 mph (Kapalua)

Ball speed: Charles Howell III, 179.90 mph 

No surprise, Howell also led this category. His T-26 finish at the Sony ended a run of three consecutive top 10s in Honolulu.

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 184.41 mph (Kapalua)