Each week, GolfChannel.com will take a detailed look at the players who pounded the farthest and fastest tee shots on the PGA Tour. Here are the four most important distance-related stats from the Shell Houston Open, won by D.A. Points:
Longest drive: Graham DeLaet, 420 yards
The Canadian’s eye-opening blast on the 557-yard eighth hole at Redstone was not as long as you’d think. Like Phil Mickelson’s 420-yarder at Doral, DeLaet’s big blast also rode the cart path and padded the distance total. He eventually tied for 31st in Houston.
Last four leaders: Bay Hill: Robert Garrigus, 369 yards; Tampa Bay: Gary Woodland, 411; Doral: Phil Mickelson, 450; Honda: Nicolas Colsaerts, 367
Carry distance: Charlie Beljan, 302.4 yards
Beljan topped this category for the second time this season, but first since the season-opening event at Kapalua. DeLaet still has the longest carry distance of the season, a 324.2-yard bomb at PGA National. As for Beljan, he tied for 38th at Redstone.
Last four leaders: Bay Hill: Justin Rose, 300.6 yards; Tampa Bay: Angel Cabrera, 299; Doral: Bubba Watson, 309.1; Honda: Graham DeLaet, 324.2
Clubhead speed: Charlie Beljan, 124.94 mph
It’s the third time this season that Beljan has topped his category. And he still has the fastest clubhead speed of the season – 128.41 mph at Riviera.
Last four leaders: Bay Hill: Beljan, 125.95 mph; Tampa Bay: Graham DeLaet, 123.14; Doral: Sergio Garcia, 122.55; Honda: Gary Woodland, 123.16
Ball speed: Charlie Beljan, 184.90 mph
No surprise, it’s back-to-back chart-toppers for Beljan in this category, and the third time this season. It was actually the fastest of the season, just nudging ahead of Dustin Johnson’s 184.38 in the season-opening event.
Last four leaders: Bay Hill: Beljan, 183.95 mph; Tampa Bay: Graham DeLaet, 180.71; Doral: Bubba Watson, 181.32; Honda: Graham DeLaet, 180.69