Driving Distance Leaders on the PGA Tour From 2000-2021

Published 12/30/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Jun 4, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Bryson DeChambeau hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the conclusion of the rain-delayed first round of the Memorial Tournament golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


The golfing world is currently in the off-season and is all set to begin on January 6 with the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. However, the social media accounts of the PGA Tour are posting some unique posts which are keeping fans engaged. 

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PGA Tour has seen some incredible performances over the years. Currently, the most intriguing thing going on in the golfing world is the driving distances. We see these days most of the players bombing a 300 yards drive with ease. So, let us have a look at the driving distance leaders over the years since 2000. 

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Driving distance leaders on the PGA Tour

Gaining distance off the tee with a driver is a skill in golf. However, with modern equipment and power training, we see more and more players smashing the ball off the tee. Currently, Bryson DeChambeau is the longest hitter of the golf ball and this comes with no surprise to the fans. However, the previous leaders aren’t far behind. 

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Hence, PGA Tour recently made a tweet that had the driving distance leaders over the years since 2000. The list includes John Daly, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau, and others. So let us have a look at it. 

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Interestingly, we see Bubba Watson in this list around five times. He has been the leader of driving distance in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2014. Another surprising name is, in 2003, Hank Kuehne had a driving average of 321.4 yards, which is just two yards shorter than Bryson DeChambeau. 

YearLeader            Driving distance
2000 John Daly 301.4
2001 John Daly 306.7
2002 John Daly 306.8
2003 Hank Kuehne 321.4
2004 Hank Kuehne 314.4
2005 Scott Hend 318.9
2006 Bubba Watson 319.6
2007 Bubba Watson 315.2
2008 Bubba Watson 315.1
2009 Robert Garrigus 312
2010 Robert Garrigus 315.5
2011 J.B. Holmes 318.4
2012 Bubba Watson 315.5
2013 Luke List 306.3
2014 Bubba Watson 314.3
2015 Dustin Johnson 317.7
2016 J.B. Holmes 314.5
2017 Rory McIlroy 317.2
2018 Rory McIlroy 319.7
2019 Cameron Champ 317.9
2020 Bryson DeChambeau 322.1
2021 Bryson DeChambeau 323.7

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So these are the driving distance leaders over the years on the PGA Tour. Meanwhile, which name do you find the most surprising in the above list? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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