rory Just came across this brilliant article by Andrew Rice.  In it he analyses all the PGA Tour Shotlink stats from 2011 and gives a report in each category. Here is just the one for Driving. which will open in a new window.


    • Rory McIlroy hit 51 out of 56 tee shots over 300 yards in the WGC-Bridgestone event.
    • Darren Clarke only hit 41% of the fairways in winning the Open Championship.
    • The PGA Tour average driving distance for all measured shots was 290.9 yards.
    • The longest driver was JB Holmes at 318.4 yards while the shortest hitter was Brian Gay at 269.8 yards – that’s almost 50 yards per tee shot!
    • There were 21 golfers that averaged over 300 yards per tee shot. In 2000 John Daly was the first and only player to average over 300 yards.
    • The longest drive of the year went to Dustin Johnson at 463 yards – it did involve a cart path!
    • Joe Durant was the straightest driver hitting 75.65% of his fairways while Anthony Kim was the least accurate hitting only 46.99% of the fairways.
    • No player led the field in driving accuracy en route to victory, while Bubba Watson led the field in driving distance for both of his victories.
    • Seventy golfers had rounds where they hit every fairway  – a feat Joe Durant achieved four times!
    • John Merrick had a streak of 36 fairways in a row!
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