You Won’t Believe How Far Tiger Woods and Other Pros Can Hit Golf Balls

There’s a golf saying that goes, “Drive for show, putt for dough”’ meaning you need to know how to putt to win money on the PGA Tour. Sinking a snaking 50-foot putt is impressive, but it’s not as awe-inspiring as seeing a golf ball travel more than 1,000 feet off the tee. These golfers had the big swings that produced the longest drives in PGA Tour history (check out the golfer on page 13 that traveled farther than the Empire State Building’s height).

15. Hudson Swafford

  • Distance: 433 yards
  • Course: Firestone Country Club

We start our list in Akron, Ohio, where Hudson Swafford swatted a huge 433-yard drive on the 16th hole during the first round of the 2017 World Golf Championship-Bridgestone tournament. He birdied the hole and finished tied for 10th place in the tourney.

14. Adam Scott

  • Distance: 435 yards
  • Course: Firestone Country Club

No, not that Adam Scott. According to the PGA Tour website, the Australian golfer launched a 435-yard drive on the 16th hole during the second round of the 2017 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. That’s a huge drive, but as we’ll see in a minute, the course produces a ton of big drives.

13. Dustin Johnson

  • Distance: 439 yards
  • Course: Firestone Country Club

We’re back at Firestone yet again, and we’re back on the 16th hole in 2017. A day before Adam Scott blasted his big drive, Dustin Johnson produced one of the longest drives the PGA Tour has ever seen. Despite that big hit, Johnson finished tied for 17th on the leaderboard.

11. Bubba Watson (TIE)

Bubba Watson

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  • Distance: 442 yards
  • Course: Firestone Country Club

Where have we heard this one before? Firestone. WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Hole No. 16. The only two differences are the year (2012) and Bubba Watson’s distance, a whopping 442 yards during the tournament’s third round. We’re not surprised he makes the list. After all, he’s always one of the biggest hitters on tour.

11. Keegan Bradley (TIE)

  • Distance: 442 yards
  • Course: Firestone Country Club

Let’s go back to Firestone one more time. We’re back on the 16th hole during the second round in 2012 for Keegan Bradley’s 442-yard smash. He bogeyed the hole, but he still won the tournament with a 13-under par finish.

10. Craig Perks

  • Distance: 449 yards
  • Course: TPC Scottsdale

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of Craig Perks. We forgot the New Zealander was a PGA Tour pro, too. He was a big hitter during his time on tour, though. His 449-yard tee shot on the 13th hole during the 2002 Phoenix Open is one of the longest drives in PGA history, according to Golf News Net.

9. Gary Woodland (TIE)

  • Distance: 450 yards
  • Course: Plantation Course at Kapalua

One of the longest drives since 2010 belongs to Gary Woodland. According to the PGA Tour website, he hit a 450-yard tee shot on the 18th hole during the 2012 Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Seeing Woodland make this list shouldn’t be surprising since he is one of the biggest hitters in terms of driving distance on the tour.

8. Phil Mickelson (TIE)

Phil Mickelson

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  • Distance: 450 yards
  • Course: Doral Golf Club

It’s one of the many Donald Trump golf courses these days and the PGA tour doesn’t stop here anymore, but it’s still in the record books among the longest drives in PGA Tour history. Back in 2013, fan-favorite Phil Mickelson hit a 450-yard shot on the 17th hole during the Cadillac Championship. He didn’t win the tourney, but he finished in the money and helped build his status as one of the richest golfers of all time.

7. Craig Perks

  • Distance: 451 yards
  • Course: Westchester Country Club

We reintroduced you to Craig Perks a few minutes ago, and now we get to meet him again. The first time he showed up on our list, it was for a 449-yard drive in 2002. It was a good year with the driver for Perks. He launched a 451-yard tee shot later in the season during the Buick Classic in New York.

6. Retief Goosen

  • Distance: 452 yards
  • Course: Plantation Course at Kapalua

Another Hawaiian golf course — Waialae Country Club — is one of the PGA courses the pros hate playing, but Kapalua isn’t and we can see why. It consistently produces some of the longest drives on the tour, such as Retief Goosen’s 452-yard bomb during the 2003 Mercedes Championship.

5. David Duval

  • Distance: 454 yards
  • Course: PGA West

We don’t hear from David Duval much anymore, but he has one of the best Masters Tournament performances ever and also one of the longest drives in PGA Tour history. He launched a massive 454-yard drive on the 13th hole during the 2002 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in California.

4. Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson

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  • Distance: 463 yards
  • Course: TPC Boston

Dustin Johnson is no stranger to big drives or terrible scandals. We mentioned him earlier on this list, but here he is again. He popped the longest drive since 2010, and one of the longest drives ever, with a 463-yard blast on the seventh hole during the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship.

3. Charley Hoffman

  • Distance: 467 yards
  • Course: LaCantera Golf Club

All of the longest drives we’ve already mentioned are impressive, and Charley Hoffman’s is no exception. His tee shot on the first hole at the 2009 edition of the Texas Open traveled 476 yards, or 1,401 feet, which is a distance greater than the 1,250-foot height of the Empire State Building.

2. Jeff Sluman

  • Distance: 473 yards
  • Course: PGA West

There must be something about the PGA West course. We discussed a 454-yard drive on the course in 2002, and now we’re back again. Jeff Sluman launched a 473-yard drive on the 14th hole during the 2003 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

1. Davis Love III

  • Distance: 476 yards
  • Course: Plantation Course at Kapalua

He hasn’t notched a PGA Tour win since 2015, but we can’t take away the fact Davis Love III tops the list for longest drives in PGA Tour history. His 476-yard drive on the 18th hole during the 2004 Mercedes Championship stands as the official longest drive, but as we’ll see, a few tee shots surpass that mark.

The unofficial longest drives in PGA Tour history

Since 2003, the PGA has used ShotLink to precisely measure driving distance at every tournament, but some tee shots, while massive, aren’t officially longest drives. These are the *unofficial* longest drives in PGA Tour history.

3. Dustin Johnson

  • Distance: 489 yards
  • Course: Austin Country Club

This is the most recent huge drive on our list, from March 2018. During the third round of the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Dustin Johnson smacked a 489-yard drive on the 12th hole. Unfortunately, match play statistics don’t show up in the PGA’s record books.

2. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is swinging as he plays golf.

Tiger Woods | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

  • Distance: 498 yards
  • Course: Plantation Course at Kapalua

We don’t know if this fact shows up in the scandalous Tiger Woods biography, but he has the unofficial longest drive in modern PGA history. He launched a nearly 500-yard drive on the 18th hole during the 2002 Mercedes Championship, but it might as well not exist. Woods and several other golfers had massive drives from the tournament scrubbed from the PGA record book.

1. Mike Austin

  • Distance: 515 yards
  • Course: Desert Rose Golf Club

The unofficial longest drive in PGA Tour history goes to Mike Austin, who was 64 years old in 1974 when he hit his massive tee shot. At 2,000 feet above sea level and with a 35 mph wind at the time, Austin blasted a 515-yard drive on the fourth hole at Desert Rose during the National Seniors Open Championship. The only problem is the hole was a 450-yard par 4 at the time, so he was nearly 100 yards past the cup.

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