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 Valero Texas Open, won by Steven Bowditch:
Longest drive: Greg Chalmers, 374 yards
Chalmers is the biggest surprise of the year in this category, as he is ranked 166th on Tour in driving distance (276.1 yards per pop). His big blast came on the short 17th hole at TPC San Antonio during the third round. He tied for 56th at the Valero.
Driving distance: J.B. Holmes, 310.8 yards
Holmes tied for 64th in San Antonio, the worst finish by a leader in this category all season. Prior to this week, the leader had finished in the top 10 in the last seven events.
Carry distance: J.B. Holmes, 309.2 yards
Holmes also led this category, and he was 10 yards longer than last week’s leader.
Clubhead speed: Andrew Loupe, 125.01 mph
Loupe may have been criticized for his pace of play, but there was nothing slow about his golf swing in San Antonio. This was the fastest swing speed recorded this season. He tied for fourth at the Valero.
Ball speed: Andrew Loupe, 185.34 mph
No surprise, Loupe also led this category for the first time this season.
Recent leaders: Jason Kokrak, 181.20 mph (Bay Hill); Jason Kokrak, 180.12 mph (Tampa); Bubba Watson, 184.26 mph (Doral); Brooks Koepka, 182.45 mph