By petedirenzo
Friday, August 03, 2012

Forget Goodyear. Golf balls were flying on wings of their own Thursday at Firestone.
The first round featured three drives over 400 yards, and a ridiculous 58 over 350, according to Randall Mell of the That number was no doubt helped by Bubba Watson, who paced the field with a comical average of 351.5. That's nearly 40 yards longer than his tour-leading season average of 313.7. And jumps like that were seen accross the board. Even light-hitting Jim Furyk averaged 309 yards a pop en route to a first-round 63, a mere 30 yard uptick over his season average.
Of course, no one does it quite like Bubba:

Watson hit his driver 11 times in the first round.
How many fairways did he hit?
“I don’t know,” Watson said. “I shot 4 under. That’s all I know.”

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