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Bombs of the Week: Farthest, fastest from Nelson

Scott Piercy
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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 HP Byron Nelson Championship, won by Sang-Moon Bae

Longest drive: Scott Piercy, 396 yards 

Piercy’s big blasts helped propel him to a T-5 finish at TPC Las Colinas. His 396-yarder was the farthest on Tour since Graham DeLaet’s cart path-aided drive in Houston, which bounced all the way to the 420-yard mark.

Last four leaders: The Players: Martin Flores, 361 yards; Charlotte: Shawn Stefani, 363; New Orleans: Michael Letzig: 376; Hilton Head: Camilo Villegas, 386

Carry distance: Jimmy Walker, 281.3 yards

Walker, who owns the longest made-cut streak on Tour, at 24, also tops this category for the first time. It paled to last week’s leader, Jason Day, who was 25 yards longer, and ranked as the second-shortest carry distance of the season. Walker tied for 27th in Dallas.

Last four leaders: The Players: Day, 306.1 yards; Charlotte: Gary Woodland, 297.4; New Orleans: Graham DeLaet, 307.3; Hilton Head: Zach Johnson, 282.6

Clubhead speed: Charlie Beljan, 123.71 mph 

After a four-week hiatus, Beljan returns to the top of this list for the fifth time this season, the most of any player. He tied for 43rd at windswept TPC Las Colinas.

Last four leaders: The Players: Bubba Watson, 123.86 mph; Charlotte: Luke List, 124.88; New Orleans: List, 124.76; Hilton Head: Robert Garrigus, 121.23

Ball speed: Charlie Beljan, 182.55 mph 

Not surprisingly, Beljan also topped this category for the fifth time. Though he led this stat in Dallas, it was more than 2 mph slower than his best of the season, a 184.90 mph ball speed in Houston.

Last four leaders: The Players: Bubba Watson, 183.94 mph; Charlotte: Luke List, 184.69; New Orleans: List, 184.69; Hilton Head: Robert Garrigus, 180.02