Bombs of the Week: Memorial Tournament


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 statistics from The Memorial Tournament, won by Matt Kuchar:

Longest drive: Nicolas Colsaerts, 382 yards

It’s the second time this season that the Belgian Bomber topped this category, and first since his 367-yarder led the field at the Honda Classic. Of course, his prodigious blast didn’t help Colsaerts make the cut at the Memorial, as he shot rounds of 80-72 to miss the cut. 

Last four leaders: Colonial: Ryan Palmer: 353 yards; Nelson: Scott Piercy, 396; Sawgrass: Martin Flores, 361; Charlotte: Shawn Stefani, 363 

Carry distance: Henrik Stenson, 316.5 yards

The Swede shows up in this category for the first time this season, and he actually produced the third-longest carry distance of the season, behind two of Graham DeLaet’s big blasts (at Colonial and PGA National). Stenson tied for 41st at Muirfield Village.

Last four leaders: Colonial: Graham DeLaet, 320.1 yards; Nelson: Jimmy Walker, 281.3; Sawgrass: Jason Day, 306.1; Charlotte: Gary Woodland, 297.4

Clubhead speed: Bubba Watson, 122.54 mph

Watson topped this category for the third time this season, after doing so at TPC Sawgrass and TPC Scottsdale, and he’s closing in on leader Charlie Beljan, who five times has led this stat at an event. Watson tied for 29th at Memorial.

Last four leaders: Colonial: Jason Kokrak, 122.57 mph; Nelson: Charlie Beljan, 123.71; Sawgrass: Watson, 123.86; Charlotte: Luke List, 124.88

Ball speed: Bubba Watson, 181.98 mph

Not surprising, Watson also topped this category for the fourth time this season. Interestingly, it was 2 mph slower than his chart-topper a few weeks ago at TPC Sawgrass (183.94). 

Last four leaders: Colonial: Jason Kokrak, 182.02 mph; Nelson: Charlie Beljan, 182.55; Sawgrass: Watson, 183.94; Charlotte: Luke List, 184.69