At Kapalua, the guys averaged a paltry 254.9 yards off the tee, 35 yards below last year's final average.
They caught up quickly at the Sony Open, moving the Tour driving distance average to 289.3 yards
All those wintertime workout programs really paid off for the boys (or maybe it was their launch monitor work?), because in two events, there have already been 393 drives over 350 yards (134 of those at the Sony Open). There were 2059 drives over 350 in all of 2005.
Another interesting number courtesy of the Tour's longest drive stat:
- There have been 13 drives over 400 yards in 2006.
- There were 19 all of last year. Heck, Bubba Watson might hit 19 over 400 at The International alone!
And if you are wondering why these growing numbers are followed so closely, a full explanation is available here.