Planet Golf — 02 August 2014 by GW staff and news services
Bubba whallops 424-yard drive

AKRON– Bubba Watson is already the longest hitter on the PGA Tour, averaging 313.6 yards off the tee. Now he has the season’s longest drive, too.

Saturday on the 16th hole at Firestone Country Club, Watson uncorked a 424-yard drive. It left him just 238 yards to the hole on the par 5 — though he put his next shot in the water that fronts the green and went on to bogey the hole.

The previous longest drive this season belonged to Webb Simpson, who had a 397-yard drive at Kapalua’s Plantation Course.

Don’t expect to see Watson in next week’s long drive contest at the PGA Championship, though.

“I’m there to play golf, not to hit it far,” he told “I’ve got to practice. I’ve never been to the course. I don’t need to worry about a long drive on the 10th hole.”

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