Kings of Distance: Crowne Plaza Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll detail which players pounded the farthest and fastest drives on the PGA Tour. Here are the five most important distance-related stats from the Crowne Plaza Invitational, won by Adam Scott:

Longest drive: Andrew Loupe, 365 yards

While Loupe has led an event in driving distance already this season, the 365 yard drive helped him to longest drive for the first time this season. Loupe finished in a tie for 45th. 

Recent leaders: Jamie Lovemark, 379 yards (Byron Nelson); Jamie Donaldson, 348 yards (Players); Bud Cauley, 380 yards (Charlotte); Dustin Morris, 376 yards (Zurich)


Driving distance: Andrew Loupe, 319.3 yards

Loupe makes a return to the top of this category for the first time since the Zurich Classic. Five of the last six leaders in this statistic have finished 45th or worse in that week’s Tour event.

Recent leaders: Jamie Lovemark, 379 yards (Byron Nelson); Bubba Watson, 306.1 yards (Players); J.B. Holmes, 333.9 yards (Charlotte); Andrew Loupe, 314.5 yards (Zurich) 


Carry distance: Dustin Johnson, 323.6 yards

DJ had the furthest carry distance for the third time this season. While total driving distance leader Bubba Watson sat idle at home, Johnson closed the gap on his lead. DJ finished T-14 at Colonial.

Recent leaders: Robert Garrigus and Jamie Lovemark, 283.3 yards (Byron Nelson); Bubba Watson, 293.4 yards (Players); J.B. Holmes, 315 yards (Charlotte); Charles Howell III, 284 yards (Zurich)


Clubhead speed: Andrew Loupe, 123.42 mph

Loupe had the fastest clubhead speed for the fourth time this season.

Recent leaders: Charlie Beljan, 123.26 mph (Byron Nelson); Gary Woodland, 123.70 mph (Players); Gary Woodland, 123.44 mph (Charlotte); Andrew Loupe, 124.14 mph (Zurich)


Ball speed: Andrew Loupe, 183.27 mph 

Loupe nearly made a clean sweep in distance stats at the Crowne Plaza. This marks the fourth time this season Loupe had the fastest ball speed.

Recent leaders: Charlie Beljan, 182.21 mph (Byron Nelson); Bubba Watson, 182.21 mph (Players); Jason Kokrak, 179.95 mph (Charlotte); Andrew Loupe, 184.35 mph (Zurich)

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”