How driving distance has changed over the past 40 years on the PGA Tour

How driving distance has changed over the past 40 years on the PGA Tour

In 1997, John Daly became the first golfer on the PGA Tour to average more than 300 yards per drive. That year, he was more than 30 yards longer than the average Tour player.

Now, 21 years later, the entire PGA Tour averages 295.3 yards off the tee — the longest average ever. By the way that stat has been increasing over the past five years, don’t be surprised to see the Tour’s average break the 300 mark by 2024.

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In 1980 (the first year that the PGA Tour’s driving distance stats are available), Dan Pohl led the field while averaging 274.3 yards per drive. The Tour average was a meek 256.89 yards.

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Since then, the average driving distance has steadily increased, rocketing upwards in the ‘90s and early 2000s. For 13 years — from 1994 until 2006 — the average increased every year, which is the longest such string since 1980. During that stretch, Daly led the Tour off the tee eight years in a row.

While the progress has cooled off some since the mid-2000s, the average driving distance has increased every year since 2013 and is currently at its all-time high.

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For reference, this is what the PGA Tour says about its method for recording this stat: "The average number of yards per measured drive. These drives are measured on two holes per round. Care is taken to select two holes which face in opposite directions to counteract the effect of wind. Drives are measured to the point at which they come to rest regardless of whether they are in the fairway or not."

Here’s the average driving distance and overall leader for every year since 1980:

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Rory McIlroy was the PGA Tour’s longest driver in 2022-23 after leading the circuit in average driving distance. It was the first time McIlroy had led the Tour in that category since 2018, when he averaged 319.7 yards per drive. Cameron Champ and Bryson DeChambeau had each led the Tour for two seasons since.

No, this isn’t the top 10 in SI’s pro golf ranking, but rather here are the 10 longest players on the PGA Tour during the 2022-23 season – and the shortest, too:

AVERAGE DRIVING DISTANCE LEADERS 1. Rory McIlroy, 326.3 yards 2. Peter Kuest, 321.7 yards 3. Brandon Matthews, 321.3 yards 4. Cameron Champ, 317.9 yards 5. Nicolai Højgaard, 317.7 yards 6. Ludvig Åberg, 317.1 yards 7. Cameron Young, 315.7 yards 8. Byeong Hun An, 315.6 yards 9. Vincent Norrman, 314.2 yards 10. Matti Schmid, 314.1 yards

AVERAGE DRIVING DISTANCE (SHORTEST 10) 1. Brian Stuard, 271.5 yards 2. David Lingmerth, 278.5 yards 3. William McGirt, 280 yards 4. Zac Blair, 281.6 yards 5. Brendon Todd, 282 yards 6. Austin Cook, 282.3 yards 7. Ryan Armour, 283.6 yards 8. Paul Haley II, 284.1 yards 9. Aaron Baddeley, 284.5 yards 10. Andrew Putnam, 284.7 yards

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Ranking the 5 Longest Drivers on the PGA Tour

Bryson DeChambeau changed the PGA Tour as we know it when he became the longest driver in golf history. Now, everyone on Tour wants to drive it 320 yards and overpower golf courses.

DeChambeau is no longer a member of the PGA Tour, but there are multiple players hitting their drives as far as he did in his prime. So, let’s check out the longest drivers on the PGA Tour and rank them one through five.

5. Brandon Matthews

Unless you’re a die-hard golf fan, this is probably the first you’re hearing of Brandon Matthews. Well, all you need to know — for the sake of this list, anyway — is that he absolutely mashes the ball.

As a rookie on the PGA Tour, Matthews ranks second in driving distance with an average of 321.0 yards. He also ranks second in club head speed with an average of 125.97 miles per hour. Matthews should arguably be higher on this list, but he’s played in only 30 PGA Tour events in his young career. We’ll have to see it for a longer period of time before bumping him up.

4. Wyndham Clark

Wyndham Clark picked up his first PGA Tour victory at the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship. The biggest reason he was able to pull it out in such a loaded field? His driver, of course.

Clark currently ranks eighth in driving distance with an average of 313.9 yards. That might not sound overly impressive, but he ranked fourth last year (319.0) and sixth the year before that (314.6). Clark’s been crushing the ball for a while now, and he deserves to crack the top five.

3. Cameron Young

26 torched drives for his 26th year. Happy birthday, Cameron Young 🎉 pic.twitter.com/G5w8740hOc — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 7, 2023

Here’s where we get to the real mashers.

Cameron Young, in his rookie season last year, ranked third on Tour in driving distance (319.3) and second in strokes gained from off the tee. He currently ranks third in driving distance this season with an average of 317.1 yards. Third last season? Third this season? He’s clearly third on the list.

2. Cameron Champ

Cameron Champ hits a drive at the Mexico Open.

There’s just something about Camerons on the PGA Tour.

Cameron Champ has been an elite driver of the golf ball for most of his career. The 27-year-old ranked first on Tour in driving distance in 2018-19 (317.9), second in 2019-20 (322.0), third in 2020-21 (317.1), and first in 2021-22 (321.4). He’s also ranked No. 1 in club head speed in four of the last five seasons.

Champ currently ranks fourth in driving distance this season, but his impressive consistency over the last five years gives him the No. 2 spot here.

1. Rory McIlroy

No surprises here.

Rory McIlroy is the best driver of the golf ball on the planet. He can work it both ways off the tee, change trajectories whenever he wants, and crush it past everyone in his group every time he tees it up.

McIlroy is the longest driver on Tour this season with a jaw-dropping average of 325.8 yards. That would be the longest single-season average in PGA Tour history. The Northern Irishman hasn’t ranked worse than fourth in driving distance in the last six years. If he finishes the 2022-23 season with the longest average on Tour, it’ll be the third time in the last seven years he’s done so.

McIlroy is still the man to beat.

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See how the PGA Tour’s driving distance leaders have skyrocketed since 1980

Bryson DeChambeau, pictured above, is currently leading the PGA Tour in 2020 with 323 yards driven per shot on average.

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There’s nothing more captivating than being cooped up in front of your television, watching with listless anticipation as a golfer steps up to the tee and, with all their force, strikes the ball and sends it screaming into oblivion. The smack, whoosh, and fizz of the ball all merge into a beautifully synchronized chorus. GOLF.com has tracked the players, since 1980, who led the PGA Tour in driving distance — and picked out the most interesting storylines, most dominant runs, and most unusual tidbits.

1980: Dan Pohl, 274.3 yards

We begin our journey in 1980, with Dan Pohl, otherwise known as the “Pohlcat.”  Pohl led the tour in driving with a respectable 274.3-yard average and accruing over 51,000 yards driven. Pohl, unfortunately, would not pick up a win on Tour in 1980 — or ’81, when he led the Tour again in driving distance with 280.1 yards. However, the Pohlcat’s place in golf’s distance history can never be questioned. 

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1981: Dan Pohl, 280.1

1982: bill calfee,  275.3, 1983: john mccomish, 277.3, 1984: bill glasson, 276.5, 1985: andy bean, 278.2, 1986: davis love iii, 285.7.

1987: John McComish, 283.9

1988: steve thomas, 284.6, 1989: ed humenik, 280.9, 1990: tom purtzer, 279.6, the decade of daly.

From 1980-1989, eight different golfers led the Tour in driving distance. From 1990-1999, there were only three — and for eight of those years, Daly was the top dog in the clubhouse. The enigmatic Daly — known for his long backswing, erratic play, and aversion to typical golf wardrobe selections — was truly groundbreaking in his driving distance accomplishments. In 1997, he was the first golfer ever to average more than 300 yards per drive — beating out a 22-year-old Tiger Woods, who finished with 294.8. Daly would last lead the Tour in distance driven in 2002, he continued to place near the top until 2007, where he posted a 312.9-yard average. There’s no question about it: John Daly is the king of driving distance.

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1991: John Daly, 288.9

1992: john daly, 283.4, 1993: john daly, 288.9, 1994: davis love iii, 283.8, 1995: john daly, 289, 1996: john daly, 288.8, 1997: john daly, 302.

1998: John Daly, 299.4

1999: john daly, 305.6, 2000: john daly, 301.4, 2001: john daly, 306.7, 2002: john daly, 306.8, kuehne unseats daly, in style.

John Daly had complete control over the title of the PGA Tour’s driving distance leader for eight consecutive years until Hank Kuenhe burst onto the scene. While Kuenhe’s best tournament finish in 2003 was T-2 at the Shell Houston Open, he completely blew the previous driving record out of the water. Kuehne averaged 321.4 yards, almost 15 more yards than the previous record (set by Daly in 2002). 

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2003: Hank Kuehne, 321.4

2004: hank kuehne, 314.4, 2005: scott hend, 318.9, 2006: bubba watson, 319.6, 2007: bubba watson, 315.2, 2008: bubba watson, 315.1.

2009: Robert Garrigus – 312

2010: robert garrigus, 315.5, 2011: j.b holmes, 318.4, 2012: bubba watson, 315.5, 2013: luke list, 306.3, 2014: bubba watson, 314.3, 2015: dustin johnson, 317.7.

2016: J.B Holmes, 314.5

2017: rory mcilroy, 317.2, 2018: rory mcilroy, 319.7, 2019: cameron champ, 317.9, bryson’s dominance.

Since 2003, no golfer has been able to best Kuenhe’s illustrious record. Until Bryson DeChambeau in 2020. The five-time PGA Tour winner has undergone a highly publicized body transformation , gaining over 20 pounds in muscle in the past three months alone. As GOLF.com’s Kevin Cunningham noted, “the purpose of his body transformation is simple; DeChambeau is trying to get as strong as possible to hit a golf ball as far as possible.”

So far, it’s paying off. Not only is DeChambeau currently breaking the Tour record for distance driven — 323 yards — but he is consistently smashing the ball over 400 yards . However, most importantly, DeChambeau is winning; DeChambeau recently won the Rocket Mortgage Classic with a score of 23 under.

2020: Bryson DeChambeau, 323*

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How Far PGA Tour Players Carry Their Drives

What's the average carry of a PGA Tour player's drive, and how might that change in the future?

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The driving distance debate is one that stubbornly refuses to go away… although that’s something governing bodies the USGA and The R&A are probably hoping will change within a few years.

That’s because they have confirmed golf ball rollback plans that will see driving distances reduced at every level of the game, starting in 2028 in the professional game and from 2030 elsewhere. But how far do PGA Tour players currently carry their drives, and how will the changes affect the numbers?

Carry distance is an important stat to know, but why? Well, it’s one thing to know how far your drives have travelled after the ball has come to a stop, but if you’re weighing up potential problems ahead from the tee box, such as water, bunkers or rough, carry distance is the priority.

According to figures released by Trackman, which also show how far PGA Tour players hit every club in the bag , players on the circuit carry their drives an average 275 yards. 

That's over nine yards more than in 2007, when the PGA Tour began keeping carry distance records. Back then, the average carry distance was 265.7 yards. As with driving distances on the PGA Tour , that has increased over the years, but it won't stay on that trajectory indefinitely, because of the changes coming in 2028. 

That will see the game’s longest hitters lose between 13 and 15 yards of their total driving distance. However, the average elite male player will not be as affected and can expect a reduction of between nine and 11 yards. Naturally, this will have an effect on carry distance, too. 

Of course, the very longest hitters and average elite players are all part of the overall Trackman average, but it’s probably safe to assume that the average carry distance after the rollback will be around 10 yards shorter, or approximately 265 yards - in other words, somewhere close to the 2007 level.

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But what about the biggest hitter? After all, the further a player drives the ball, the more distance he will lose after the rollback. According to the PGA Tour website, Rory McIlroy , a key figure who supports the change , is at the top of the list for the 2022/23 season with an average driving distance of 326.3 yards.

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Let’s say that average comes down by the top figure given by the governing bodies once the change comes in – 15 yards. That will reduce his average driving distance to 311.3 yards, or a 4.5% hit.

McIlroy’s average carry distance for the same season is 307.4 yards and 4.5% of that is 13.8 yards. That means his carry distance could come down to around 293.6 yards after the rollback.

How Far PGA Tour Players Carry Their Driver

  • Club speed (mph): 113
  • Attack angle (deg): -1.3
  • Ball speed (mph): 167
  • Smash factor: 1.48
  • Launch angle (deg): 10.9
  • Spin rate (rpm): 2686
  • Max height (yards): 32
  • Land angle (deg): 38
  • Carry (yards): 275

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The USGA and R&A released their long-awaited Distance Insight Project report on Tuesday, analyzing the long ball's influence—in the past, present and projected future—on the sport. The summary and its associated papers serve as a conversation starter rather than a bill of solutions, but their tone is quite clear: The increases must stop.

“We believe that golf will best thrive over the next decades and beyond if this continuing cycle of ever-increasing hitting distances and golf course lengths is brought to an end,” the report’s 16-page “Conclusions” document reads. “Longer distances, longer courses, playing from longer tees and longer times to play are taking golf in the wrong direction and are not necessary to make golf challenging, enjoyable or sustainable in the future. In reaching this conclusion, our focus is forward-looking with a goal of building on the strengths of the game today while taking steps to alter the direction and impacts of hitting distances in the best interests of its long-term future.”

To drive home this sentiment, part of the evidence the governing bodies pointed to was the driving distances on golf's professional tours over the past two decades. More specifically, the surge in those figures.

And just what were those specific gains that tour pros made?

Since 2003—the year after the USGA and R&A released the Joint Statement of Principles as a notice that they would be monitoring more closely the effects of advancing equipment technology on the game—distance on the PGA Tour has jumped 7.6 yards. On the Korn Ferry Tour, the rise has been 10.5 yards spike, while the European Tour has seen an 8.5-yard increase.

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The Conclusions document further explains that the driving distance average for the 20 longest hitters on the PGA Tour and European Tour had reached 310 yards, and that the average driving distance overall for the combined tours was 294 yards. Since 2013, that average has increased “at a rate of about one yard per year.”

Also of note is the increase in ball speed. Since 2007, ball speed has jumped 4.9 mph, with average clubhead speed rising 1.7 mph.

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What the professional circuits do with this information is speculative, although the PGA Tour told Golf Digest's Mike Stachura on Tuesday that, "The R&A and the USGA are our partners, and the PGA Tour will continue to collaborate with them. We believe the game is best served when all are working in a unified way. ... The PGA Tour is committed to ensuring any future solutions identified benefit the game as a whole without negatively impacting the Tour, its players or our fans’ enjoyment of our sport."

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The third major of the year heads to one of golf’s most iconic stops, with Pinehurst No. 2 welcoming a field of 156 to the 2024 U.S. Open.

The Donald Ross layout is a course-design masterclass, a 7,550-yard test featuring demanding fairways winding through sandy waste areas and longleaf pine. What awaits at the end of each tee shot and approach are lighting-fast greens—often referred to as “turtle-backs—that have allowed a combined four rounds under par after 72 holes of in three U.S. Opens.

While distance off the tee might not play the most critical role, a shorter approach into nearly impossible-to-hold greens won’t hurt.

With that in mind, here are the top 50 driving distance leaders—when combining the PGA Tour, LIV, DP World Tour, and Champions Tour—in the 124th U.S. Open field…

50. Harris English

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Avg. driving distance: 299.2

49. Viktor Hovland

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Avg. driving distance: 299.5

48. Max Homa

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Avg. driving distance: 299.7

47. Adam Schenk

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Avg. driving distance: 300.0

46. Matthew Fitzpatrick

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Avg. driving distance: 300.1

45. Mac Meissner

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Avg. driving distance: 300.3

44. Thomas Detry

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Avg. driving distance: 300.4

43. S.H. Kim

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 300.8

42. Scottie Scheffler

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 301.1

t-39. Erik van Rooyen

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 301.3

t-39. Robert MacIntyre

pga tour longest driving distance

t-39. Jason Day

pga tour longest driving distance

38. Keegan Bradley

pga tour longest driving distance

(USA TODAY)

Avg. driving distance: 301.7

37. Taylor Moore

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 302.7

t-35. Tyrrell Hatton

pga tour longest driving distance

(Matt Stone-USA TODAY Sports)

Avg. driving distance: 303.3

t-35. Sahith Theegala

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34. Nick Dunlap

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 303.5

t-32. Sergio Garcia

pga tour longest driving distance

(Edgar Su/Reuters via USA TODAY Sports)

Avg. driving distance: 303.6

t-32. Davis Thompson

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31. Sam Burns

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 304.0

t-29. Grant Forrest

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(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Avg. driving distance: 304.5

t-29. Cameron Young

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28. Rikuya Hoshino

pga tour longest driving distance

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Avg. driving distance: 304.8

27. Xander Schauffele

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 305.0

26. Kurt Kitayama

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 305.2

25. Jordan Spieth

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 305.5

t-23. Richard Mansell

pga tour longest driving distance

(John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

Avg. driving distance: 305.7

t-23. Brooks Koepka

pga tour longest driving distance

22. Adam Scott

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 306.3

21. Adrian Meronk

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 306.7

t-19. Max Greyserman

pga tour longest driving distance

(Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

Avg. driving distance: 307.0

t-19. Ludvig Aberg

pga tour longest driving distance

18. Justin Thomas

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 307.1

17. Rico Hoey

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 307.5

16. Tony Finau

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 307.6

15. Jake Knapp

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 307.9

14. Nicolai Højgaard

pga tour longest driving distance

(Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

Avg. driving distance: 308.0

13. Ryan Fox

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 308.8

t-11. Stephan Jaeger

pga tour longest driving distance

(Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

Avg. driving distance: 309.0

t-11. Dustin Johnson

pga tour longest driving distance

10. Taylor Pendrith

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 310.0

9. Sam Bairstow

pga tour longest driving distance

(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Avg. driving distance: 310.6

8. Gary Woodland

pga tour longest driving distance

(Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports)

Avg. driving distance: 311.5

7. Min Woo Lee

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 312.3

6. Wyndham Clark

pga tour longest driving distance

(Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports)

Avg. driving distance: 313.4

t-4. Byeong Hun An

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 313.7

t-4. David Puig

pga tour longest driving distance

3. Dean Burmester

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 315.1

2. Rory McIlroy

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 317.5

1B. Bryson DeChambeau

pga tour longest driving distance

Avg. driving distance: 320.9

*1A. Gordon Sargent

pga tour longest driving distance

(Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports)

While we only have a small sample size for the pwoerful Vanderbilt satr, we’d be amiss not to list him based on the data from the 2023 Masters and U.S. Open.

Avg. driving distance: 323.9

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Lynch: The USGA just fired a major shot in the LIV war, but it was aimed at PGA Tour players

P INEHURST, N.C. — For an organization that has long labored against the perception that it’s led by austere, nerdish killjoys, the U.S. Golf Association must be comforted by the fact that, in these discordant times, it has a CEO that could talk a dog off a meat truck. Mike Whan is a highly polished presenter — a notch shy of slick, but trending that way — with more upbeat aphorisms at hand than a sales clerk in a Hallmark store. It’s a skill particularly well suited to our current moment.

That’s because, in part, there are things worth celebrating. Participation in golf has grown at the recreational level. So too has investment in sustainability, a rare oasis of social conscience in a sport seen as an arid desert of amoral accounting. And the 124th playing of the national Open is just hours away, and on one of the world’s finest courses. Whan is accustomed to selling such positivity and to receiving good notices in return, that being the norm for anyone who has served as commissioner of the LPGA Tour (Carolyn Bivens is the exception who proves the rule).

Leading a governing body, however, places Whan in an altogether different position: making decisions that are widely criticized and sometimes very unpopular, pushing back on unflattering narratives about his organization and its mission, and protecting his assets from being sideswiped in someone else’s wreck. He is proving quite adept at that too, as evidenced by two thinly-veiled warning shots he fired during the USGA’s annual press conference Wednesday at Pinehurst.

The topics were familiar — distance and LIV Golf — even if the intended recipients of his message went unmentioned.

The USGA and R&A introduced new conformance rules for golf balls that take effect in 2028 for elite competition and two years later for the rest of us. What they haven’t done is tackle drivers with highly forgiving faces, but one word from Whan today was enough to get the attention of club manufacturers from Fairhaven to Carlsbad: “Yet.”

“We had and have real interest in figuring out a way to provide a difference as it relates to the driver as well,” he said, while admitting that any action previously contemplated was dismissed because it would have had an adverse impact on recreational golfers. “We didn't really come up with something that wouldn't have a much more negative effect on the recreational game.

“We shelved it for now ... but we didn't retire the idea. We just didn't, quite frankly, have an idea that we believed was worthy of going to the market yet. But I would just put a 'yet' on that statement.”

Pity the public relations professionals who face another long stint in rooms wargaming esoteric scenarios.

Whan’s second broadside was ostensibly about LIV Golf, but was aimed squarely at players competing on all tours, and at the executives charged with resolving the grubby, divided state of men's professional golf.

Twelve LIV members are in the 156-man field at Pinehurst No. 2, all of whom earned a berth through final qualifying or long-established exemption criteria. Whan was at pains to point out that every LIV player had an opportunity to be here.

“We had 35 players from LIV that were exempted right into final qualifying. So if they really wanted to be here, they could go play 36 holes and qualify, and some did, to their credit,” he explained. “There is no out-of-bounds stakes on our field criteria … it’s not a closed field. It doesn't require a committee or an invitation. If you want to play in this field you've got an opportunity to play in this field, and we're proud of that.”

But avenues exist directly from other professional tours into the championship, so the USGA’s head admitted that he and chief championships officer John Bodenhamer will discuss a potential pathway for LIV golfers deemed worthy but otherwise ineligible by other established criteria. “We're going to talk about it this off-season, whether or not there needs to be a path to somebody or somebodies that are performing really well on LIV that can get a chance to play in that way. I think we are serious about that,” he said.

Translated from Whan’s positivity patter, that was a candid warning to the PGA Tour to get its house in order, that the USGA isn’t prepared to see its premier event diminished in the future because relevant golfers are absent. Whan isn’t quite drinking the ‘Gooch hooch’ favored by PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh , whose outfit contorted itself to invite LIV’s Talor Gooch to last month’s PGA Championship, despite his having made no effort to qualify on merit. But Whan is at least suggesting he might pour himself a shot for the 125th U.S. Open if there is no more clarity on the future of the men’s game.

“If I'm being perfectly honest with you, we've always felt like for the last maybe year and a half that we're always three months away from kind of understanding what the new structure is going to look like,” he said, echoing every other golf fan. “What is LIV going to be? What's the PGA Tour? So we always kind of felt like we're just about to know that answer. Now I think the reason we're being more vocal about looking at that for next year is maybe this is the new world order, and if that's the case, we wanted to take a look at that … We know that there's an option to get there.”

His comments will be celebrated in the LIV locker room — a hotbed of whining entitlement about deserving places in major championship fields — but they’ll land with a thud on the PGA Tour’s side of the room. Tour loyalists have long banked on access to majors being a reason for players not jumping to LIV. A potential pathway from Greg Norman’s folly into the U.S. Open will give pause to any Tour members who might be resistant to whatever settlement terms are agreed with the Saudis. Decisions will have consequences for all parties, but the USGA just made clear that it isn’t planning on bearing any more of that load.

“Exactly what that looks like and how that'll curtail, I'm not just being coy; we haven't done that yet,” Whan said flatly.

This article originally appeared on Golfweek: Lynch: The USGA just fired a major shot in the LIV war, but it was aimed at PGA Tour players

Jun 12, 2024; Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA; Chief executive officer Mike Whan with the USGA address the media during a press conference for the U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst No. 2. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Wellesley’s Michael Thorbjornsen had the distance but struggled with putter in first round as PGA Tour pro at Travelers Championship

Michael Thorbjornsen averaged 332.9 yards per drive, which led the field in Round 1.

Michael Thorbjornsen didn’t make much noise for the first 17 holes of his first round as a PGA Tour professional on Thursday.

Then he got to the 18th.

The 22-year-old Wellesley native blasted a 361-foot drive on the 446-yard par-4, the longest tee shot by any player on any hole during the first day of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

Thorbjornsen, who recently earned his tour card after finishing atop the PGA Tour University standings during his senior season at Stanford, carded a 2-over-par 72 and is tied for 61st, 10 strokes behind leader Tom Kim in the 70-player field.

The reigning @PGATOURU No. 1 tees off in his professional debut @TravelersChamp 🏌️‍♂️   New England native Michael Thorbjornsen is paired with Ludvig Åberg, who finished No. 1 in 2023. pic.twitter.com/fOMV6Q4pUn — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 20, 2024

Thorbjornsen, who finished fourth as an amateur at the 2022 Travelers, finished with two birdies and four bogeys. He started strong with a birdie on the par-4 second hole thanks to a 39-yard second shot that he dropped 18 inches from the cup, but balanced out his front nine with a bogey on the par-5 sixth, a 572-yard behemoth.

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After seven consecutive pars from Nos. 7-13, Thorbjornsen finished with three bogeys and a birdie in his final five holes.

After bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17, his booming drive on No. 18 set him up for a 2-foot par putt.

He finished the day No. 1 in driving distance (332.9 yards) but tied for 26th in driving accuracy and 69th in putting.

Thorbjornsen and Ludvig Aberg tee off at 10:50 a.m. on Friday.

Brendan Kurie can be reached at [email protected] .

Destined for greatness, Michael Thorbjornsen earns PGA TOUR card

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Michael Thorbjornsen has seemed destined for this.

His accomplishments have been impressive, his gifts apparent. For years, the PGA TOUR has seemed like a logical conclusion.

His mother Sandra was a college golfer and his father Thorbjorn, an engineer who became enthralled with the science of the swing, became his coach. Their son showed preternatural ability as a toddler, won a Drive, Chip & Putt title at Augusta National and then the U.S. Junior at another major venue, Baltusrol Golf Club; he beat a future PGA TOUR winner, Akshay Bhatia, in the final match. Five years ago, he made a U.S. Open cut at Pebble Beach, the second-youngest to do so since World War II. And he contended at a PGA TOUR event two years ago while not eligible to collect the prize money for his fourth-place finish.

The success was fueled by physical attributes that fit the modern mold for success. He possesses the combination of distance and accuracy that offers an advantage over the competition from the outset of each hole. He was described as “fearless, long and flat-out good” by longtime TOUR caddie Paul Tesori, who was in Thorbjornsen’s group when he finished fourth at the 2022 Travelers.

Michael Thorbjornsen speaks to Sean Martin at the PGA TOUR’s Global Home building in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Michael Thorbjornsen speaks to Sean Martin at the PGA TOUR’s Global Home building in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

But, even for those who seem predestined for the PGA TOUR, the road is rarely easy. The start of Thorbjornsen’s professional career will come just months after he was briefly bedridden while healing from ankle surgery and a stress fracture in his back, an injury that threatened the PGA TOUR card that had seemed his destiny for years.

“(Golf) is like life, basically,” Thorbjornsen said. “There’s so many different outcomes and possibilities out there, and you just have to take it. Whatever shot you hit, whether it’s in the water or on the green, you have to move on to the next one.”

“I’ve been waiting for this my whole life,” he said.

Day in the Life at Stanford | Michael Thorbjornsen | No. 1 in PGA TOUR University

Ludvig Åberg set a high standard for PGA TOUR U’s top player. The Swede was the trailblazer out of Texas Tech, the first to earn a path directly from college to the TOUR. His accomplishments have exceeded even the most optimistic projections. He already is the fourth-ranked player in the world, with wins on the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour and a spot on a victorious Ryder Cup team. He was runner-up in his major championship debut at this year’s Masters and finished T12 at last week’s U.S. Open.

Thorbjornsen will begin his career with similar acclaim, having already finished in the top 20 in four events on the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour. Like Åberg, the driver is his calling card. “I’ve always enjoyed hitting it,” Thorbjornsen said of the club that sets him apart from his competition.

“When he’s on, there’s not many guys who can drive it better than him that have ever played, and I don’t say that lightly,” said Stanford head coach Conrad Ray, a collegiate teammate of Tiger Woods.

Thorbjornsen is the rare high-speed player who holds the club with a 10-finger grip. His swing has been shaped by his father, who became intrigued by the game when cable came to his hometown of Elverum, Norway, and started playing after a course was built nearby on land that had been cleared by a forest fire. Thorbjorn taught himself the swing and his quantitative mind complements his son’s athleticism.

“He … trusts me because I do the analytical part and he obviously is much better at executing than I am,” said Thorbjorn.

Thorbjornsen was less than a year old when he tucked a full-length club under his right arm and struck a golf ball by turning his torso. He first met Tiger Woods when he was invited to Atlanta as the top player in his age group for U.S. Kids Golf. The trip included a visit to the TOUR Championship, where Woods tossed Thorbjornsen a golf ball. It was adoration for Woods that inspired Thorbjornsen to attend Stanford. Their most recent interaction came at a TaylorMade media day about 18 months ago.

“You forget your name when you … go shake his hand,” Thorbjornsen said. “He said good playing, keep it up. So that right there is enough motivation.”

Michael Thorbjornsen after receiving his 2024 PGA TOUR membership card. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Michael Thorbjornsen after receiving his 2024 PGA TOUR membership card. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Michael Thorbjornsen after receiving his 2024 PGA TOUR membership card. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Michael Thorbjornsen speaks to media after receiving his 2024 PGA TOUR membership card. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Thorbjornsen was last year’s Pac-12 Golfer of the Year after winning the conference championship and is a former winner of the Western Amateur, considered the second-biggest prize in amateur golf. His other collegiate victory came at Olympia Fields outside Chicago, a former venue for the U.S. Open and BMW Championship.

He has a game built for big courses, and big tournaments.

Thorbjornsen finished T20 at the 2023 Hero Dubai Desert Classic, one of the DP World Tour’s premiere events, after sharing the 36-hole lead. He finished 11th in the same event this year, his first tournament after being sidelined last fall.

His best result against the pros came in the same tournament where he is making his pro debut this week. As a native of Massachusetts and a resume that made him one of golf’s top prospects, he was a sensible candidate for a sponsor exemption into New England’s annual PGA TOUR event.

What happened next surpassed expectations, though. Thorbjornsen, then a 20-year-old who’d just completed his sophomore season at Stanford, shot 68-65-66 in the first three rounds to sit in seventh place, six shots behind leader Xander Schauffele. Thorbjornsen played a six-hole stretch in the middle of his round in 6-under par to get within one shot of the lead, eventually finishing fourth, four shots behind Schauffele. It was the second-best finish by an amateur in a PGA TOUR event since 2000.

“Stressful situations don’t seem to affect him as much as other players,” said Ray.

Thorbjornsen ranked sixth in both Driving Distance (310.4 yards) and Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (+4.56) that week, while also riding a hot putter. He gained nearly 10 strokes on the greens that week, leading the field.

Thorbjornsen resisted the temptation to turn pro. He was a first-team All-American in his final two seasons for Stanford, but the pain from a scooter crash during his sophomore year progressively worsened, as well. An X-ray last summer revealed a stress fracture in his back, forcing him to miss his final U.S. Amateur and the United States’ victory in last year’s Walker Cup at St. Andrews.

With the injury forcing him to rest, it also was an opportune time to have surgery on a loose bone and a tendon in his left ankle. He was bedridden for the first two weeks following surgery, then in a back brace and walking boot. He had to wait nearly two months before he could begin rehab for his back injury.

“He obviously, short-term, (was) devastated,” father Thorbjorn said. “And then you always think when you have these type of injuries, …'Will I ever come back? Maybe my body's not made for golf.’ And you ask yourself such questions.”

A gifted young athlete was forced to not only confront his athletic mortality but also watch as a PGA TOUR card potentially slipped from his grasp. Georgia Tech’s Christo Lamprecht, after making the cut at The Open over the summer, had a strong fall to supplant Thorbjornsen atop PGA TOUR U’s ranking.

Thorbjornsen had a strong comeback in Dubai, and then won his third collegiate start of the season. He was runner-up in his following two events, as well. Top-10 finishes at the Pac-12 Championship and NCAA Regional virtually locked up the No. 1 spot and ensuing playing privileges. His TOUR card became official when Lamprecht withdrew after the first round of the NCAA Championship.

Looking back, Thorbjorsen recognizes the benefits of the adversity that preceded his PGA TOUR card. It showed him the time and effort that a golfer must spend on his greatest asset, his body, and gave him time to work on his short game.

“I just have to recognize how lucky I am that I’m playing golf and golf is now my career,” Thorbjornsen said.

His moment is finally here.

Sean Martin is a senior editor for the PGA TOUR. He is a 2004 graduate of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Attending a small school gave him a heart for the underdog, which is why he enjoys telling stories of golf's lesser-known players. Follow Sean Martin on Twitter .

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Players to Watch: 2024 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

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SAMMAMISH, Wash. — The 2024 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is being contested at Sahalee Country Club, a visually intimidating major test that will be a challenge for the world’s best players this week in Sammamish, Wash. Difficult conditions are often the great equalizer at major championships, leveling the playing field for the 156 athletes competing, but some players still have slight statistical advantages on which they hope to capitalize as they work to capture some of the biggest titles in all of women’s golf.

Take a look at just a few of those athletes teeing it up this week at Sahalee for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship:

Allisen Corpuz

Allisen Corpuz currently leads the LPGA Tour in driving accuracy this season, hitting the fairway off the tee 86.6 percent of the time, a number that equates to her finding the short grass on 518 of 598 total drives. Sahalee has incredibly narrow visuals off the tee, views that are intimidating to even the most storied of LPGA Tour veterans. But with tee shots that fly as straight as those of Corpuz, the Hawaii native should be able to consistently find the fairway throughout the course of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, something that should translate to more hit greens in regulation and birdie opportunities for the 26-year-old.

According to KPMG Performance Insights, Corpuz has struck the ball well in major championships over the last two seasons, ranking fifth in strokes gained ball striking (+1.46), sixth in strokes gained approach (+1.06) and sixth in strokes gained total since the major season began in 2023. She became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links last July and finished in the top 15 of three other major championships last season – tying for fourth at The Chevron Championship, tying for 15th at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and tying for sixth at the AIG Women’s Open.

Her 2023 major prowess hasn’t yet translated to the 2024 season, but considering her success at some of golf’s most challenging venues, Corpuz is a player who shouldn’t be left out of the contention conversation this week in Washington.

Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson might seem like an obvious player to watch at Sahalee Country Club, particularly as she won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship the last time the championship was contested at this venue in 2016. But her statistics indicate that a third major title could be just around the corner for the Canadian, and why couldn’t it come at a place at which Henderson has a resoundingly positive history?

According to KPMG Performance Insights, the 26-year-old leads in strokes gained total per round in all major championships since the beginning of the 2021 season, picking up an average of 2.15 shots on the field in each round of the LPGA Tour’s five major tournaments in the last four years. In that span, Henderson has won her second career major title at the 2022 Amundi Evian Championship and earned an additional nine top-15 finishes, one of which came earlier this season when she tied for third at The Chevron Championship. She is also at the front of the pack in major championships when it comes to scoring average and score to par, recording a 70.60 stroke average and shooting 59 under par across the 17 majors that have been played since the start of the 2021 LPGA Tour season.

As it pertains to Sahalee, Henderson is fairly long and fairly accurate off the tee, hitting it an average of 264.375 yards with her driver and finding the fairway 74.1 percent of the time while doing so. She is ranked ninth in strokes gained driving (+0.63), 10th in strokes gained total (+1.39) and 17th in strokes gained tee to green (+1.14) on the LPGA Tour so far this season, per data provided by KPMG Performance Insights. Couple that excellent ball-striking with a venue at which Henderson knows how to win, and the Canadian just might be deadly this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Rose Zhang recently collected her second career LPGA Tour title last month at the Cognizant Founders Cup, winning by two shots over Madelene Sagstrom at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, N.J. While it doesn’t even slightly compare to the narrowness that Zhang and the rest of the field are facing off the tee this week at Sahalee Country Club, Upper Montclair is quite tight in spots, making her recent success in the Garden State a potential weapon for Zhang to wield in Washington State.

Zhang ranks 16th on the LPGA Tour in driving accuracy, hitting 279 of her 350 total fairways this season, a conversion rate of 79.7 percent. According to KPMG Performance Insights, the 21-year-old is tied for fifth in most strokes gained tee to green per round in major championships over the last two seasons, as Zhang has picked up 1.62 shots on the field with her long game. Additionally, Zhang is ranked second in strokes gained approach (+1.34), third in strokes gained total (+1.98) and fifth in strokes gained tee to green (+1.46) so far this year, an amalgamation of stats that could be a deadly combination at a course like Sahalee that requires precise ball striking.

The Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 9 is another player who seems to thrive in difficult conditions, as Zhang finished in a tie for eighth at last year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course and then tied for ninth at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and she just might contend again this week at Sahalee considering that fact.

Madelene Sagstrom

It was Madelene Sagstrom who went toe-to-toe with Zhang last month in New Jersey, and while the Swede ultimately fell to the American at the Cognizant Founders Cup, her performance in the Garden State could be a good indicator of how she fares this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Even though Sahalee is much narrower off the tee than Upper Montclair, her ability to keep the ball in the fairway that week led to a litany of birdie and eagle opportunities, many of which the 31-year-old took advantage of en route to posting a four-round total of 22-under to finish 13 strokes ahead of her next closest competitor.

Sahalee likely won’t be giving up that many shots to the 156-player field this week, but Sagstrom is a player who, on paper, just might be able to throw a few punches at this formidable venue. She isn’t exceptional when it comes to driving accuracy, only finding the fairway 66.9 percent of the time off the tee, but Sagstrom does rank 10th on the LPGA Tour in average driving distance (273.640 yards), length that is typically a benefit during major championships. She is also ranked 12th in strokes gained driving, according to KPMG Performance Insights, picking up 0.59 shots on the field with her shots off the tee.

Sagstrom has also been deadly with her putter this year, ranking fifth on the LPGA Tour in strokes gained putting (+0.96), and if she can combine solid ball striking with a hot putter, we might see the Swede contend for her second career LPGA Tour title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

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Cameron Young shoots 59 in Round 3 of Travelers Championship for first sub-60 score on PGA Tour since 2020

Young made the most of his moving day at tpc river highlands with a round for the history books.

Travelers Championship - Round Three

A fast start and a fast finish saw Cameron Young join an elusive club Saturday at TPC River Highlands. Carding an 11-under 59 in Round 3 of the 2024 Travelers, Young became just the 13th player in PGA Tour history to sign for a sub-60 round and the first since Scottie Scheffler did so at TPC Boston in 2020.

Young's 59 is the second sub-60 round to occur at TPC River Highlands as Jim Furyk fired a 12-under 58 in the 2016 Travelers Championship. TPC River Highlands is now only the second course on the PGA Tour to yield multiple rounds in the 50s joining The Old White at The Greenbrier where Stuart Appleby and Kevin Chappell both shot 59.

The former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year got off to a dream start on Saturday making a pair of birdies out the gate. His round was jump-started when his approach from the fairway on the par-4 3rd found the bottom of the cup for an eagle. When Young made another birdie on the par-4 4th, he rose to 5 under in the early stages of his round.

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Despite not taking advantage of the par-5 6th, Young kept his foot on the gas with a near hole-in-one on the par-3 8th and a long-distance connection on the par-4 9th to turn in 7-under 28 — his lowest nine-hole score in his PGA Tour career.

After carding three straight pars to begin his inward half, Young threw another circle on the scorecard on the par-5 13th. Missing a 10-foot chance on No. 14, the smooth-swinging right hander hit the drive of the day on the short par-4 15th. Wielding a driving iron, Young tumbled his tee shot inside 5 feet and converted for his second eagle of the round.

The closest tee shot of the day. Cameron Young drives the reachable par-4 15th to set up and eagle putt. pic.twitter.com/WPPvCTog6h — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 22, 2024

Standing at 10 under on the 16th tee, the American needed just one more birdie across his final three holes to shoot sub-60 and two to tie Furyk's record for the lowest score in PGA Tour history. It appeared for a moment that this birdie would come on No. 16 as Young's tee shot settled just inside 8 feet from the pin.

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Unable to cash in, Young immediately made amends by knocking in his 5-foot birdie look on the tricky par-4 17th to reach 11 under. Young's quest for 59 was thrown in question on his final hole when he missed the fairway off the tee and drawing an uncomfortable lie on the face of the fairway bunker.

Advancing his ball to the front of the green, Young then chipped his third just inside 10 feet where he ultimately saved par for his 59. Young's name not only joins those already in the sub-60 club but it also joins Tom Kim's atop the leaderboard as the two sit at 13 under as the leaders step onto the golf course to begin their third rounds.

5️⃣9️⃣‼️ Send that card to the @GolfHallofFame 👏 pic.twitter.com/TUd7MUChGW — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 22, 2024

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Cameron Young shoots 59, lowest score on PGA Tour in 4 years

Cameron Young skyrockets up the leaderboard as he shoots a 59, the 13th time on the PGA Tour someone has broken 60. (1:23)

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Cameron Young made a par putt from just inside 10 feet for an 11-under 59 on Saturday in the Travelers Championship , the first sub-60 round on the PGA Tour in nearly four years.

Young made two eagles on par 4s, holing out with wedge from 142 yards on the third hole and driving the 280-yard 15th hole to within 4 feet.

It was the 13th sub-60 round since Al Geiberger first shot golf's "magic number" at the 1977 Memphis Classic. Scottie Scheffler had been the most recent at the TPC Boston in 2020 at The Northern Trust.

"I can't say I was expecting it," Young said. "I've been playing better than the results have shown. Waking up this morning, I wasn't really thinking I'm going to be 5 under through four. It was a lot of fun to do."

This didn't even get Young the distinction of owning the course record at the TPC River Highlands. Jim Furyk shot a 58 in 2016 at the Travelers Championship, the lowest round in PGA Tour history.

Jordan Spieth became a footnote in history as the only PGA Tour player to twice play with someone who shot 59. Spieth also was in the group with Justin Thomas when he shot 59 in the opening round of the 2017 Sony Open.

Young was able to lift, clean and place his golf ball in the short grass because of soggy course conditions and the potential of more rain.

He could have gone even lower. After his eagle on the 15th hole, Young hit his tee shot to 7 feet on the par-3 16th and missed the short birdie putt. On the closing hole, needing birdie to tie Furyk's record, his drive settled on the steep face of a fairway bunker and Young was unable to get it on the green.

He still made par for the seventh round of 59 or lower this year on tours around the world.

"To have a day like today where things start going in, and it feels like you're reward for good shots, it leaves me with a good taste in my mouth," Young said.

He finished at 13-under par and finished the day 5 shots behind leader Tom Kim , who was watching some of Young's round on a video screen at the practice range as he was getting ready for the start of his third round.

The other six rounds at 59 or lower this year include Joaquín Niemann on LIV Golf and a record-tying 57 by Cristobal del Solar on the Korn Ferry Tour in Bogota, Colombia.

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