Writing for GolfWorldMONDAY, E. Michael Johnson points out that through May 8th, driving distance on the PGA Tour is up more than 4 yards over last year during this same period. And up more than 3 yards on average during the same period over the last four seasons. Is this dramatic increase a cause for alarm among golf’s “ruling” class, the USGA and the R&A? Apparently not when it comes to scoring. Here are the top 10 in driving distance on the PGA Tour through the Wells Fargo Championship:
J.B. Holmes (pictured)
Of those 10, only Laird (12), Holmes (14) and Woodland (18) were in the top 20 in scoring. And the lowest of the remaining seven is Watson, who is T-60. It wouldn’t appear that driving distance necessarily leads to better scoring. I addressed the issue of the “long ball” as it relates to scoring in a previous post that you can read here. No matter how much hand-wringing there is about driving distance, the real story always comes down to scoring.