Dustin Johnson hit the longest recorded drive in PGA Tour history at the 2018 WGC Match Play
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Dustin Johnson hit the longest recorded drive in PGA Tour history at the 2018 WGC Match Play, BUT…


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Dustin Johnson has hit the most 400-yard drives on the PGA Tour since ShotLink came into wider use in 2003. Bubba Watson is next on the list, but at this point, it's Dustin Johnson and then a growing gulf down to the two-time Masters winner.

However, Johnson outdid himself on Friday in the third day of round-robin group play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Dustin Johnson hit the longest recorded drive by ShotLink in PGA Tour history.



Already assured of not advancing out of group play into the Round of 16, Johnson was taking on Kevin Kisner, who was playing for a chance to advance. On the 12th hole of their match, the duo came to the 578-yard downhill par 5 and took the same rips every other player in the field of 64 was taking.

Kisner's drive went a typically massive 350 yards. Dustin Johnson's drive went 489 yards. That's right. 489 yards.

Johnson left himself 85 yards to the hole and stuck his lob wedge of a second shot to 12 feet. He two-putted from there to make birdie and, yes, halve the hole with Kisner, who also made birdie 4.

Johnson's 489-yard drive is the longest recorded in PGA Tour history, beating Davis Love III's 476-yard drive in the 2004 Mercedes Championships on the 18th hole at Kapalua's Plantation Course, which has yielded the overwhelming number of recorded 400-yard drives in PGA Tour history. However, the PGA Tour does not count statistics from this event toward the history books, so DL3 gets to keep his record.

Tiger Woods has recorded a 498-yard drive on that same hole at Kapalua in 2002, but his drive and 26 others that were ridiculously long were wiped from the official PGA Tour record-keeping. So, Johnson has the official record of the longest measured drive in PGA Tour history.

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