Whenever Rory McIlroy hits his driver well, a lot of anecdotes start flying around. Is Rory the best driver of all time? Who knows -- that question is so large it's almost pointless to comprehend. But it's hard to believe that at this moment, there's anyone who gets more out of their game off the tee than Rory. Here's why:
And the power he generates doesn't just mean Rory drives it far relative to the best players. It means he drives it far relative to all players. His 1.94 yards-per-pound average makes him third on tour in driving distance and puts him alongside Bubba Watson as the only two players in the top 10 of both rankings. Charles Howell III is one of the few players with a better pound-for-pound average than Rory, but that's skewed slightly by his extremely skinny frame -- he's 5'11", 155 pounds, according to the tour.
In fact, there are so few players with a better yards-per-pound average that, of everyone in the top 50 of the world ranking, only Rickie Fowler squeezes more out of his frame than Rory. And even in that case, Rory still outdrives Rickie by more than 13 yards on average.
In conclusion: Rory McIlroy. Beast.
**An asterisk denotes players who haven't played enough rounds to have an official average listed by the PGA Tour. In those cases, their average from the European Tour was used. In Tiger's case, his average from the 2013 season was used.*