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Bombs of the Week: Travelers Championship

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Each week, 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 Travelers Championship, won by Ken Duke

Driving distance: Bubba Watson, 381 yards

The triple-bogey 6 on the 16th may have doomed Bubba’s chances in Hartford, but he had a clean sweep in the distance department this week. Surprisingly, it was the first time this season that Watson has hit the longest drive of the week in a regular PGA Tour event; he also had the longest drive at Merion (353 yards), which like TPC River Highlands is a course that doesn’t necessarily reward distance.

Last four leaders: Memphis: Jason Kokrak, 360 yards; Memorial: Nicolas Colsaerts, 382; Colonial: Ryan Palmer, 353; Nelson: Scott Piercy, 396

Carry distance: Bubba Watson, 316.1 yards 

It was the second time this season that Watson topped this list, and first since his 309.1-yarder at Doral. 

Last four leaders: Memphis: Scott Stallings, 307.2 yards; Memorial: Henrik Stenson, 316.5; Colonial: Graham DeLaet, 320.1; Nelson: Jimmy Walker, 281.3

Clubhead speed: Bubba Watson, 123.28 mph

The sweep continues with clubhead speed, where Watson led the field for the fourth time this season, and third in the last six events that have recorded the statistic. 

Last four leaders: Memphis: Eric Meierdierks, 121.07 mph; Memorial: Watson, 122.54; Colonial: Jason Kokrak, 122.57; Nelson: Charlie Beljan, 123.71

Ball speed: Bubba Watson, 183.08 mph 

Watson is a familiar name in this category, as he led the field for the fifth time this season, tying Charlie Beljan for the most chart-toppers on the 2013 Tour.

Last four leaders: Memphis: Eric Meierdierks, 179.79 mph; Memorial: Watson, 181.98; Colonial: Jason Kokrak, 182.02; Nelson: Charlie Beljan, 182.55