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Kings of Distance: 2015 RBC Heritage

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Each week on, 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 2015 RBC Heritage:

Longest drive: James Hahn, 370 yards

The Northern Trust Open champion has struggled to follow up his maiden victory on Tour with missed cuts and the Valspar and Masters and T-60 finish at Hilton Head.

Recent leaders: J.J. Henry, 391 yards (Shell Houston Open); Gary Woodland, 395 yards (Valero Texas Open)

Driving distance: Justin Thomas, 296.4 yards

He's just 5-foot-10 and 145 pounds and he's somehow 23rd on Tour in driving distance at 299.1 yards. This is just the second time this year on Tour an event's driving-distance leader has been under 300 yards. Tighter tracks like Harbour Town and Innisbrook will make that happen.

Recent leaders: Dustin Johnson, 315.5 yards (The Masters); J.B. Holmes, 312.4 yards (Shell Houston Open); Dustin Johnson, 324.4 yards (Valero Texas Open)

Carry distance: Jason Kokrak, 303.1 yards

After a rocky start to his season, Kokrak has turned in top-25 finishes, including two top-10s, in four of his last five starts. He currently sits 11th on Tour in driving distance at 303.1 yards.

Recent leaders: J.B. Holmes, 305.9 yards (Shell Houston Open); Tony Finau, 334.8 yards (Valero Texas Open)

Clubhead speed: Charlie Beljan, 123.93 mph

Beljan led the Tour in this category for much of the early season but has since forfeited that position to Tony Finau. But all the clubhead and ball speed in the world didn't help at Harbour Town, where Beljan finished T-69.

Recent leaders: Tony Fianu, 127.4 mph (Shell Houston Open); Dustin Johnson, 124.17 mph (Valero Texas Open)

Ball speed: Charlie Beljan, 181.07 mph

In fact, since turning in a third-place finish at Pebble Beach, Beljan has struggled mightily, with three missed cuts in six starts and just one top-25 finish.

Recent leaders: Tony Finau, 182.41 mph (Shell Houston Open); Dustin Johnson,184.39 (Valero Texas Open)