News & ToursAugust 4, 2014

Rory McIlroy averages 1.94 yards per pound, which makes him a 160-pound beast

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

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:

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    __Ranking__  __Name__  __Weight__  __Distance__  __Yards-per-Pound__       1  Rory McIlroy  160  310  1.94    2  Adam Scott  180  302  1.68    3  Sergio Garcia  160  295  1.84    4  Henrik Stenson  190  292  1.54    5  Justin Rose  195  295  1.51    6  Matt Kuchar  195  283  1.45    7  Bubba Watson  180  315  1.75    8  Jim Furyk  185  279  1.51    9  Jason Day  195  302  1.55    10  Tiger Woods*  185  293  1.58 

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.

    __Ranking__  __Name__  __Weight__  __Distance__  __Yards-per-Pound__       1  Bubba Watson  180  314.8  1.75    2  Dustin Johnson  190  311.0  1.66    3  Rory McIlroy  160  310.3  1.94    4  J.B. Holmes  190  308.2  1.62    5  Andrew Loupe  180  306.8  1.70    6  Brooks Koepka  186  306.2  1.65    7  Robert Garrigus  190  305.5  1.61    8  Jason Kokrak  225  304.7  1.35    9  Jhonattan Vegas  230  304.6  1.32    10  Charles Howell III  155  304.2  1.96      

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.

    __Ranking__  __Name__  __Weight__  __Distance__  __Yards-per-Pound__    18  Rickie Fowler  150  297  1.98       1  Rory McIlroy  160  310  1.94    47  Joost Luiten*  154  287  1.86    19  Charl Schwartzel  160  297  1.86    3  Sergio Garcia  160  295  1.84    22  Victor Dubuisson*  163  300  1.84    40  Graham DeLaet  165  302  1.83    43  Francesco Molinari  159  289  1.82    12  Martin Kaymer  165  296  1.79    33  Thongchai Jaidee  160  285  1.78 

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.*

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