Bombs of the Week: Open


Each week, will take a detailed look at the players who pounded the farthest and fastest drives on the PGA Tour. Here are the four most important distance-related stats from the Open, won by Jimmy Walker:

Longest drive: Russell Knox, 378 yards

The season-opening blast was helped largely by a few hops along the cart path at CordeValle. In fact, Knox averaged only 294.8 yards per pop off the tee at the Frys, good for 68th on Tour. The Scot tied for 26th in the opener.

Carry distance: Jason Kokrak, 303.7 yards

Kokrak was in the hunt at the Frys until a final-round 73 dropped him to a share of 12th. He is the early leader for driving distance, at 331.5 yards per drive.

Clubhead speed: Charlie Beljan, 123.20 mph

New season, same leader in this category. The big hitter finished T-46 at CordeValle, but he continued to showcase his long-driving skills. Last year he was first on Tour in clubhead speed, averaging 124.45 mph.

Ball speed: Charlie Beljan, 181.90 mph

No surprise, Beljan was also tops in the category. He was second on Tour in ball speed during the 2013 season, averaging 182.26 mph.