Truth & Rumors: Drives are flying far at Firestone

Friday August 3rd, 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 GolfChannel.com. 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.”
Yes you did, Bubba. Fire away.

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