Wednesday, 20 August 2008

The Longest Recorded Drives On The PGA Tour

What are the longest drives ever hit on the PGA Tour?

Here is a compiled list of the longest drives recorded on the PGA Tour in America, tken from the lists provided on the Tour Website from 1992 onwards. No Drives from before 1998 made it on to the list, an indication of how much the technology of the sport has progressed in the last decade. Only one drive from the 90's makes the Top 100, a 427 yard blast from Chris Smith.

Rank Name Drive Distance (Yards)
Year
1 Davis Love III 476 2004
2 Jeff Sluman 473 2003
3 Retief Goosen 452 2003
4 Phil Tataurangi 449 2003
5 Rory Sabbatini 448 2004
6 Paul Goydos 446 2003
7 Darren Clarke 445 2004
8 D.A. Points 442 2005
9 Tim Petrovic 439 2008
10 Ian Leggatt 439 2003
11 Brett Wetterich 437 2007
12 Lucas Glover 436 2004
13 Kenneth Staton 436 2003
14 Bob Heintz 435 2008
15 Brett Wetterich 435 2007
16 Kyle Thompson 433 2008
17 Stuart Appleby 432 2004
18 Greg Kraft 430 2003
19 J.B. Holmes 429 2007
20 Ernie Els 429 2004
21 Chris Couch 428 2007
22 Victor Schwamkrug 428 2004
23 Jonathan Kaye 428 2003
24 Jason Gore 427 2006
25 Stuart Appleby 427 2005
26 Chris Smith 427 1999
27 Stuart Appleby 426 2006
28 Angel Cabrera 426 2006
29 Chad Campbell 426 2004
30 Scott Gutschewski 425 2006
31 Tiger Woods 425 2004
32 Charles Howell III 425 2003
33 Bubba Dickerson 422 2007
34 Graeme McDowell 422 2005
35 Bill Haas 422 2004
36 Jonathan Kaye 421 2004
37 Anthony Kim 420 2007
38 Bubba Dickerson 420 2006
39 J.L. Lewis 420 2004
40 Tommy Armour III 419 2004
41 Shigeki Maruyama 419 2004
42 Shaun Micheel 419 2004
43 Kenny Perry 419 2004
44 Mike Weir 419 2004
45 Richard S. Johnson 418 2005
46 Jason Allred 417 2005
47 Vijay Singh 417 2004
48 John Senden 416 2007
49 Harrison Frazar 416 2006
50 Jerry Kelly 416 2005
51 Fred Couples 416 2004
52 Peter Jacobsen 416 2004
53 Frank Lickliter II 416 2004
54 Davis Love III 416 2003
55 Craig Stadler 415 2004
56 Chris Smith 415 2003
57 Ryuji Imada 414 2008
58 Rich Beem 414 2003
59 Adam Scott 413 2007
60 J.B. Holmes 413 2006
61 Retief Goosen 413 2004
62 Vijay Singh 413 2003
63 Jerry Kelly 413 2003
64 Stuart Appleby 412 2005
65 Charley Hoffman 411 2006
66 Ernie Els 410 2007
67 Wes Short, Jr. 410 2006
68 Ben Crane 410 2004
69 Carl Pettersson 409 2007
70 Geoff Ogilvy 409 2006
71 Lucas Glover 409 2006
72 Justin Leonard 409 2004
73 Adam Scott 409 2004
74 Rocco Mediate 409 2003
75 Ernie Els 409 2003
76 Casey Martin 409 2001
77 Vijay Singh 408 2007
78 Tiger Woods 408 2005
79 Davis Love III 408 2005
80 Stuart Appleby 408 2005
81 Kirk Triplett 408 2004
82 Corey Pavin 408 2003
83 Geoff Ogilvy 407 2007
84 Eric Axley 407 2007
85 Jason Gore 407 2006
86 Patrick Sheehan 407 2005
87 John Huston 407 2004
88 Phil Tataurangi 407 2003
89 Arron Oberholser 407 2003
90 Sergio Garcia 406 2007
91 Carl Pettersson 406 2006
92 Henrik Stenson 406 2005
93 Kris Cox 406 2004
94 Ben Curtis 406 2004
95 Bob Tway 406 2004
96 Sergio Garcia 405 2006
97 J.B. Holmes 405 2006
98 Scott Hend 405 2004
99 Jose Maria Olazabal 405 2003
100 Spike McRoy 405 2003
101 Luke Donald 405 2003
102 Hank Kuehne 405 2003
103 Zoran Zorkic 405 1998
104 John Rollins 404 2007
105 Lucas Glover 404 2006
106 Scott Hend 404 2006
107 Brandt Jobe 404 2006
108 Bob Estes 404 2003
109 Vijay Singh 404 2003
110 Bob Heintz 403 2007
111 Anthony Kim 403 2007
112 Stuart Appleby 403 2006
113 Jason Gore 403 2006
114 Ian Leggatt 403 2006
115 Daniel Chopra 403 2006
116 Bob Estes 403 2003
117 Charles Warren 402 2008
118 Tim Herron 402 2007
119 J.B. Holmes 402 2007
120 Steve Marino 402 2007
121 Bubba Watson 402 2007
122 Sergio Garcia 402 2006
123 Carlos Franco 402 2006
124 Henrik Stenson 402 2006
125 Henrik Stenson 402 2006
126 Will MacKenzie 402 2005
127 Angel Cabrera 402 2005
128 Daniel Chopra 402 2005
129 Jim Furyk 402 2003
130 K.J. Choi 402 2003
131 Jonathan Byrd 402 2003
132 Robert Allenby 402 2002
133 Troy Matteson 401 2007
134 Ted Purdy 401 2007
135 Andrew Buckle 401 2007
136 Charles Howell III 401 2007
137 Robert Garrigus 401 2007
138 Lucas Glover 401 2006
139 Brandt Jobe 401 2006
140 Ernie Els 401 2005
141 D.J. Brigman 401 2005
142 Spike McRoy 401 2003
143 Davis Love III 401 2003
144 Charles Warren 400 2008
145 Scott Gutschewski 400 2006
146 Davis Love III 400 2006
147 Sean O'Hair 400 2005
148 Luke Donald 400 2003
149 Jonathan Byrd 400 2003
150 Jay Williamson 400 2003
151 Per-Ulrik Johansson 400 2003
152 Richie Coughlan 400 1998
153 Guy Hill 400 1998
154 Bradley Hughes 400 1998
155 Pete Jordan 400 1998
156 Brett Wetterich 399 2007
157 J.B. Holmes 399 2007
158 Troy Matteson 399 2007
159 Vijay Singh 399 2006
160 Matt Hansen 399 2006
161 John Daly 399 2005
162 Jeff Maggert 399 2005
163 Michael Long 399 2005
164 John Daly 399 2004
165 Donnie Hammond 399 2004
166 Justin Leonard 399 2003
167 Rory Sabbatini 398 2008
168 Robert Garrigus 398 2008
169 Geoff Ogilvy 398 2007
170 Geoff Ogilvy 398 2007
171 Geoff Ogilvy 398 2006
172 Bubba Watson 398 2006
173 Jeev M. Singh 398 2006
174 Phil Mickelson 398 2005
175 Harrison Frazar 398 2005
176 Roland Thatcher 398 2005
177 Chris DiMarco 398 2003
178 Ernie Els 398 2003
179 Jerry Kelly 398 2003
180 Shaun Micheel 398 2001
181 Joe Ogilvie 398 1999
182 Bo Van Pelt 398 1999
183 Chris Couch 397 2007
184 K.J. Choi 397 2007
185 Will MacKenzie 397 2007
186 Troy Matteson 397 2007
187 Jim Furyk 397 2006
188 Lucas Glover 397 2006
189 Vijay Singh 397 2005
190 John Daly 397 2005
191 Arjun Atwal 397 2004
192 Briny Baird 397 2004
193 Mike Hulbert 397 2003
194 Duffy Waldorf 397 2002
195 Adam Scott 396 2007
196 John Daly 396 2007
197 Rich Barcelo 396 2007
198 Billy Mayfair 396 2003
199 Jason Gore 396 2003
200 Tiger Woods 396 2003

This Graph is a breakdown of the numbers of drives in the Top 200 from each year. Remember, driving Stats were included from 1992 onwards, but no drive made it into the Top 200 until 1998. It would seem that 2003 was a breakthrough year in long Driving Technology, as the list is dominated by shots from 2003 onwards, only 12 on the Top 200 coming before then.

The graph below shows the players who appeared most on the Top 200 list Aussie Stuart Appleby and Fiji's Vijay Singh being the Kings of the Big Bombers. Davis Love, who has hit the longest ever appears five times, Tiger making three appearances. You might be wondering where the massive hitting Bubba Watson, who has dominated the Average Drive Length Stats recently is. He's only on the list twice so far, but you'd be a silly man to bet againdt him adding to his tally very soon.

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