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January 4 2012

5:25 PM

Kapalua generous to big hitters

A year ago, Jonathan Byrd led the field at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in five different statistical categories -- including scrambling and putting from inside 10 feet. That marked the third time in the last six years the eventual champ has topped both of those stats.

But Kapalua's wide, cascading fairways are awfully inviting to the big hitters, and with nine of the top 20 in driving distance among the 28 players competing this week, fans of the long ball should definitely be satisfied. All nine averaged 300 yards or better last year.

There have been 277 drives of 400 yards or more on the PGA TOUR in the last nine years -- and more than half, 157, to be exact, have been struck on the Plantation Course. The most generous hole? The downhill, par-5 18th at Kapalua, which was yielded 76.

Interestingly, it's the veteran Ernie Els who owns the mark for the most 400-yard drives with 10 over the last nine years. And all but one have come at the Plantation Course.

 

Courses with the most 400-yard drives since 2003 Number
Plantation Course at Kapalua (Hyundai Tournament of Champions) 157
La  Cantera Golf Club (Valero Texas Open) 41
Firestone Country Club’s South Course (Bridgestone Invitational) 27
Montreaux Golf & Country Club (Reno-Tahoe Open) 14

 

Holes with the most 400-yard drives since 2003 Number
No. 18 at the Plantation Course at Kapalua 76
No. 12 at the Plantation Course at Kapalua 40
No. 6 at the Plantation Course at Kapalua 28
No. 11 at La Cantera Golf Club 23
No. 16 at Firestone Country Club’s South Course 23
No. 1 at La Cantera Golf Club 12
No. 17 at the Plantation Course at Kapalua 8
No. 7 at the Plantation Course at Kapalua 5
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