PGA Tour players are longer off the tee than ever, thanks to advances in driver and golf ball technology, as well improved training regimens and course conditioning. That means the longest drivers and hitters on the PGA Tour are longer than ever, too. And it also means that being one of the shortest drivers on the PGA Tour means that you're still hitting the golf ball pretty far.
So, who are the 10 longest and the 10 shortest drivers on the PGA Tour in 2018-19?
10 longest drivers on the PGA Tour
- Cameron Champ -- 316.6 yards
- Rory McIlroy -- 315 yards
- Luke List -- 313.4 yards
- Tony Finau -- 311.9 yards
- Wyndham Clark -- 310.9 yards
- Bubba Watson -- 310.7 yards
- Lucas Bjerregaard -- 310.6 yards
- Dustin Johnson -- 310.2 yards
- Grayson Murray -- 310 yards
- Ollie Schniederjans -- 309.7 yards
10 shortest drivers on the PGA Tour
- Scott Langley -- 270.3 yards
- D.A. Points -- 273.3 yards
- Brian Gay -- 273.7 yards
- Brian Stuard -- 274.4 yards
- Jim Furyk -- 275.1 yards
- Ryan Armour -- 275.3 yards
- Alex Cejka -- 275.7 yards
- Michael Kim -- 276.3 yards
- Ted Potter, Jr. -- 276.4 yards
- David Hearn -- 277.4 yards
We looked at the data from the 2018-19 PGA Tour season through May for the driving distance statistic to get these figures. The PGA Tour bases these numbers on the measured distance from drives hit on two holes in every PGA Tour round. These are holes on which players overwhelmingly hit driver, so they give the best idea of how far any PGA Tour player hits their driver (as compared to another stat that measures all non-par-3 tee shots, including holes where a longer player might use an iron or fairway wood).
These figures tell you something: You don't necessarily have to be long to win on the PGA Tour. Jim Furyk is having a great year despite ranking fourth from the bottom in driving distance.
Then again, Cameron Champ, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy all won on the PGA Tour in 2018-19. Being long helps a lot, if you can keep it in play.