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Kings of Distance: Honda Classic

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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 Honda Classic, won by Russell Henley:

Longest drive: Rory McIlroy, 370 yards 

His big blast came on the 508-yard 10th hole at PGA National in the third round. Boy Wonder had a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Honda, but he shot a Sunday 74 and lost in a four-way playoff. The longest drive this season is Webb Simpson’s 397-yard bomb at Kapalua.


Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 362 yards (Riviera); Robert Garrigus, 358 yards (Pebble); Pat Perez, 382 yards (Phoenix); David Lingmerth, 368 yards (Torrey)

Driving distance: Rory McIlroy, 309.8 yards 

McIlroy also led this category for the first time this season. The leader of this category has performed well in each of the last three tournaments, finishing second or better.

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 318.5 yards (Riviera); Dustin Johnson, 310.9 yards (Pebble); Bubba Watson, 334.1 yards (Phoenix); Bubba Watson, 309.9 yards (Torrey)



Carry distance: Ryan Palmer, 301.9 yards

Palmer lost in the playoff at the Honda and lead this category for the first time this season. The longest this season was Dustin Johnson’s 319.5-yard carry distance at Pebble Beach.    

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 309.7 yards (Riviera); Dustin Johnson, 319.5 yards (Pebble); Bubba Watson, 317.4 yards (Phoenix); Bubba Watson, 308.3 yards (Torrey) 


Clubhead speed: Brooks Koepka, 123.86 mph

Making a rare start in the States, the former Florida State star topped this category for the first time. He tied for 33rd at the Honda. The fastest this season was Bubba Watson’s 124.11 mph clubhead speed at Riviera, where he won.

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 124.11 mph (Riviera); Dustin Johnson, 123.51 mph (Pebble); Bubba Watson, 123.86 mph (Phoenix); Bubba Watson, 123.41 (Torrey) 


Ball speed: Brooks Koepka, 182.45 mph 

No surprise, Koepka also led this category at the Honda. The fastest this season is Bubba Watson’s 184.40 ball speed at Riviera.

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 184.30 mph (Riviera); Dustin Johnson, 179.78 mph (Pebble); Bubba Watson, 183.90 mph (Phoenix); Bubba Watson, 183.26 mph (Torrey)