Each week, GolfChannel.com 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 stats from the Fedex St. Jude Classic, won by Harris English:
Longest drive: Jason Kokrak, 360 yards
Not many big hitters took driver at TPC Southwind, but Kokrak managed to top this category for the first time this season. (He missed the cut after rounds of 71-71.) His big blast, however, was 22 yards shorter than last week’s chart-topper, Nicolas Colsaerts, who hit a 382-yard bomb at Memorial.
Last four leaders: Memorial: Nicolas Colsaerts, 382 yards; Colonial: Ryan Palmer, 353; Nelson: Scott Piercy, 396; Sawgrass: Martin Flores, 361
Carry distance: Scott Stallings, 307.2 yards
Stallings had a disappointing finish, dropping two shots over the final four holes to tie for second in Memphis, but he led this category for the first time this year.
Last four leaders: Memorial: Henrik Stenson, 316.5 yards; Colonial: Graham DeLaet, 320.1; Nelson: Jimmy Walker, 281.3; Sawgrass: Jason Day, 306.1
Clubhead speed: Eric Meierdierks, 121.07 mph
He struggled to a Sunday 75, dropping all the way to T-35, but Meierdierks led this category for the first time this season. That said, his clubhead speed was the slowest since Harris English’s 119.72 mph swing at the Sony Open, the second event this season.
Last four leaders: Memorial: Bubba Watson, 122.54 mph; Colonial: Jason Kokrak, 122.57; Nelson: Charlie Beljan, 123.71; Sawgrass: Bubba Watson, 123.86
Ball speed: Eric Meierdierks, 179.79 mph
Not surprisingly, Meierdierks also topped this category as well. It was the slowest ball speed since Robert Garrigus’ 178.51 mph at Pebble Beach, and only the third sub-180 mph ball speed of the season.
Last four leaders: Memorial: Bubba Watson, 181.98 mph; Colonial: Jason Kokrak, 182.02; Nelson: Charlie Beljan, 182.55; Sawgrass: Bubba Watson, 183.94