Bombs of the Week: Farthest, fastest from Honda

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 4, 2013, 3:09 pm

Each week, will take a detailed look at the players who pounded the farthest and fastest tee shots on the PGA Tour. Here are the four most important distance-related stats from the Honda Classic, won by Michael Thompson

Longest drive: Nicolas Colsaerts, 367 yards

It’s the first time this season that the Belgian Bomber has appeared on this list. His tee shot Sunday on the 388-yard 13th hole at PGA National traveled 367 yards, though he finished T-68 among the 75 players who made the cut. It was the fourth-longest tee shot of the year, but still not in the same stratosphere as Kyle Stanley’s 428-yard moon shot at Kapalua. 

Last four leaders: Northern Trust Open: Bill Haas, 366 yards; Pebble Beach National Pro-Am: Sean O’Hair, 355; Waste Management Phoenix Open: Gary Woodland, 379; Farmers Insurance Open, 367.

Carry distance: Graham DeLaet, 324.2 yards

The Canadian’s big blasts were just one of the reasons he finished T-9 at the Honda, his second top-10 finish of the season. Even in the whipping winds at PGA National, DeLaet’s 324.2 was easily the longest carry distance this season, surpassing Dustin Johnson’s 312.9 yards at Torrey Pines. 

Last four leaders: Northern Trust: Angel Cabrera, 298 yards; Pebble Beach: Robert Garrigus, 292.4; Waste Management: Jason Day, 311.3; Torrey Pines: Dustin Johnson, 312.9.

Clubhead speed: Gary Woodland, 123.16 mph

A fixture in this category this season, Woodland’s swing speed at the Honda was one of the fastest this season. Unfortunately, it didn’t help him much at PGA National, as he shot 77-76 on the weekend to tie for 68th.

Last four leaders: Northern Trust: Charlie Beljan, 128.41 mph; Pebble Beach: Jason Day, 121.45; Waste Management: Bubba Watson, 122.48; Torrey Pines: Woodland, 123.61.

Ball speed: Graham DeLaet, 180.69 mph

DeLaet had both the top carry distance and ball speed at the Honda. His 180.69 falls in the same ballpark as the other leaders in this category throughout the season, though it was nearly 2 mph less than Charlie Beljan’s best tee shot at Riviera. 

Last four leaders: Northern Trust: Charlie Beljan, 182.58 mph; Pebble Beach: Robert Garrigus, 178.51; Waste Management: Bubba Watson, 181.69; Torrey Pines: Luke List, 181.69.

Want to bomb it like these guys? Click here for tips on how to increase your distance off the tee.

Getty Images

Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

It was Hahn's first ace on the PGA Tour.

Getty Images

Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

Getty Images

Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

Getty Images

Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

Full-field scores from the BMW International Open

Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.