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  • Stefani discusses his 401-yard drive

  • Shawn Stefani, who ranked 31st in driving distance last season, hit a 401-yard drive at the Frys.com Open. (Warren Little/Getty Images)Shawn Stefani, who ranked 31st in driving distance last season, hit a 401-yard drive at the Frys.com Open. (Warren Little/Getty Images)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Shawn Stefani's 401-yard drive at the Frys.com Open did in fact get an assist from the cart path.

"There's no way I could have hit one of those without the help of concrete," Stefani said Wednesday at The McGladrey Classic. "But it was a pretty neat experience."

Stefani's drive remains the longest of the young 2014-15 PGA TOUR season. It would have been the second-longest for all of last season (Bubba Watson, 424).

Stefani said his drive came to rest near pin-high on the 417-yard par-4 13th hole in the final round at Silverado Country Club in Napa, California on Oct. 11. He had an opening for his approach, but hit a marginal shot that landed 22 feet, 1 inch from the hole.


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"'You know, they say Drive for Show, Putt for Dough,' and I hit a 401-yard drive on a 410-yard hole, and I made par," Stefani said. "So it is what it is."

Stefani said it was the second time he's hit a drive of 400-plus yards. The other came as a junior player at age 16 or 17 at a tournament in Texas. That drive was also aided by the cart path -- but it's not like he needs one.

Stefani ranked 31st on TOUR in driving distance at 297.7 yards last season and says he can rip it 320 without wind or abnormal roll. Of course, he'll never turn down a friendly assist.

"Kind of cool to have a chip shot into a par 4 on a 420-yard hole," Stefani said.

Watson's drive of 424 yards at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was the only 400-plus yard drive of 2013-14, the fewest number of 400-plus yard drives on TOUR since 2001.

Here's a look at the longest drives on TOUR in the past few seasons.

Season Drives of 400+
Leader Event Distance
2013-14 1 Bubba Watson
WGC-Bridgestone 424
2013 19 Phil Mickelson
WGC-Cadillac 450
2012 67 Gary Woodland
Hyundai TOC 450
2011 9 Dustin Johnson
Deutsche Bank
463
2010 16 Steve Stricker Hyundai TOC 424
2009 47 Charley Hoffman Valero Texas Open
467
2008 12 Bob Heintz
Reno-Tahoe Open
435
2007 26 Brett Wetterich
Hyundai TOC 437
2006 30 Jason Gore Hyundai TOC 427
2005 18 D.A. Points
Buick Championship 442
2004 83 Davis Love III Hyundai TOC
476