Bubba Watson and 20 Longest Drivers in Recent Golf Memory

John BurkeContributor IMay 9, 2011

Bubba Watson and 20 Longest Drivers in Recent Golf Memory

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 05:  Bubba Watson hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on May 5, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    Drive for show, putt for dough.

    That line has been tossed around for years about the game of golf.

    Everyone is amazed by the guys who can bomb it off the tee. 

    If you go to the driving range look at all the guys smacking ball after ball with their drivers. Those are the same guys who can hit the ball a mile but cannot do much else. 

    The game is not all about hitting it 300 yards. 

    But, lets admit, we all love those shots that we hit dead solid perfect and crush.

    Here are 25 of the longest hitters in golf.

Bubba Watson

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 1:  Bubba Watson hits a shot during the final round of the Zurich Classic at the TPC Louisiana on May 1, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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    Bubba Watson drives the ball 313 yards on average.  

    Another fun fact about Watson is he does not like to play a straight ball. Instead, he opts for huge hooks and fades. 

Tiger Woods

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    CHUNCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 14:  U.S. golfer Tiger Woods participates in a golf teaching clinic for South Korean juniors during a Nike Golf 'Make It Happen' event at Jade Palace Golf Club on April 14, 2011 in Chuncheon, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Su
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    When Tiger Woods first came on tour, his distance was the thing of legends. 

    Woods was the reason courses were lengthened. 

    Even today, Woods still pounds the ball pretty far when healthy.

J.B. Holmes

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    PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  J.B. Holmes hits a tee shot on the second hole during the fourth round of the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club on February 20, 2011 in Pacific Palisades, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    J.B. Holmes is the longest player on tour. 

    This year, he is averaging over 316 yards a drive.

    When you hit the ball that far, there is not much of the game left to master. Although, Holmes still needs help in the putting category. 

Dustin Johnson

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 05:  Dustin Johnson watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 5, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Dustin Johnson is the youngest bomber with the most complete game. 

    On tour this year, Johnson smashes the ball over 306 yards on every drive. 

    His driving prowess coupled with the rest of his game puts Johnson in contention in a lot of tournaments. 

John Daly

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    PALM HARBOR, FL - MARCH 17:  John Daly plays a shot during the first round of the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club on March 17, 2011 in Palm Harbor, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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    In the late 1990s, John Daly was the longest driver on tour. He hit the ball just over 300 yards with each drive.

    Even then, Daly struggled to win. 

    Proves the long drives do not equal trophies. 

Hank Kuehne

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    UNITED STATES - MARCH 24:  Hank Kuehne on the 4th hole during the third round of the Nationwide Tour Event Chitimacha Louisiana Open at Le Triomphe Country Club in Broussard, LA on March 24, 2007.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Hank Kuehne proves that hitting the ball far does not win tournaments. 

    His best finish on tour is a T-2 in a couple of tournaments. 

    His claim to fame is winning the 2003 driving distance title, unsettling John Daly who had won seven consecutive titles. 

Scott Hend

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    EAST LONDON, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 10:  Scott Hend of Australia plays his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the Africa Open at the East London Golf Club on January 10, 2010 in East London, South Africa.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty
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    Scott Hend was the first foreign player to win the driving distance title.

    The Australian Hend won the honor in 2005 when he averaged 318 yards per drive.

Fred Couples

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09:  Fred Couples watches his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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    Fred Couples may be one of the most beloved men in golf.

    Following him around the course during a big tournament is about as difficult as following Tiger Woods.

    Couples is so well known for his drives, he has been nicknamed "Boom Boom."

Jim Dent

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    BLAINE, MN - AUGUST 06:  Jim Dent hits a shot during the first round of the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities held on August 6, 2010 in Blaine, Minnesota.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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    Jim Dent was a long hitter in his youth and remains so today.

    In the late 80s, Dent was still pounding the ball over 270 yards per drive.

Keith Fergus

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    INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Keith Fergus of United States waits a shot during day three of the PGA Champions Tour - Posco E&C Songdo Championship at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on September 12, 2010 in Incheon, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun
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    Keith Fergus was always a long hitter but could never really produce on the PGA Tour. 

    Regardless, he notched a couple of top five's in the Majors. 

Davis Love III

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Davis Love III hits his tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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    Davis Love III has always been near the top of driving distance on tour. 

    He even holds the record for the second-longest drive in tour history. Love struck that 476-yard drive at the 2004 Mercedes Championships.

Dan Pohl

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    SPRING, TX - OCTOBER 13:  Dan Pohl tees off  during the second round of the Administaff Small Business Classic at Augusta Pines Golf Course on October 13, 2007 in Spring, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    In the early 1980s, Dan Pohl led the PGA Tour in driving distance. 

    Pohl was driving the ball 274 yards on average in 1980, three yards past his nearest competitor. 

Tom Weiskopf

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    TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 14:  Tom Weiskopf of USA tees off during practice for the 133rd Open Championship on July 14, 2004 at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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    Tom Weiskopf has one of the most complete games of any long bomber. 

    Weiskopf hit the ball high, possessed great power and also great control.

    Even with this combination, however, Weiskopf only managed to win one major championship, the 1973 British Open. 

Andy Bean

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    SAN ANTONIO - OCTOBER 24:  Andy Bean makes a tee shot during the second round of the PGA Champions Tour AT&T Championship at the Oak Hills Country Club on October 24, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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    Andy Bean was a dominant player on the PGA Tour from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. 

    During this stretch, he was also a long bomber, hitting the ball over 270 yards, a huge drive in that day. 

Craig Stadler

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Craig Stadler hits his tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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    Craig Stadler is better known for other things, mainly his size.

    Nicknamed "The Walrus," Stadler could hit the ball a long way considering he had a lot of weight to throw around. 

Joey Sindelar

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    CARY, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Joey Sindelar watches his drive during the second round of the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club held on September 26, 2009 in Cary,  North Carolina.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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    Joey Sindelar is a very well-known golfer in the PGA Tour. 

    Although, Sindelar was never able to secure that elusive major title, for a while in the 1980s Sindelar was one of the longest drivers on tour.

Greg Norman

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02:  Greg Norman of Australia plays a tee shot during day one of the Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club on December 2, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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    Greg Norman, better known as "The Shark," is one of the most well-known golfers in history.

    And although, he may be more famous for choking away majors, Norman was one of the games longest drivers in the early 1990s.

Phil Mickelson

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 08:  Phil Mickelson watches his tee his shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on May 8, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    Phil Mickelson is probably the most popular figure in golf today. 

    He has a magical short game and sometimes a long game to match.

    Unless of course, Mickelson is at Winged Foot in 2006. Then, his driver will betray him faster than Tiger betrayed his wife. 

Boo Weekley

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    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 21:  Boo Weekley hits a tee shot during the first round of The Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 21, 2011 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Boo Weekley is one of golf's best characters. A southern gentlemen, Weekley is one of the most entertaining golfers too watch interact with the crowds.

    His game is also something to watch, especially how far he boots it off of the tee. 

Robert Garrigus

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    PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Robert Garrigus reacts to his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Contry Club on February 19, 2011 in Pacific Palisades, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty
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    Robert Garrigus is probably best known for his extremely short putter. It is only 28.5 inches long!

    Garrigus more than makes up for the lack of putter length, in the length of his drives, often smashing the ball more than 310 yards.