Apparently, there is going to be a long drive contest on 18 at Kapalua between Jamie Sadlowski, Bubba Watson, Robert Garrigus and Dustin Johnson tomorrow.
Like I said in a response a few days ago, thinking that long hitting PGA Tour players can beat a world class long driver is like thinking the fastest football players could beat Ussain Bolt in a sprint race.
Now if Bubba, Robert or Dustin spent 6 months to a year practicing just hitting it far and training for it, the story might be different and they might be competitive.
In my prime, I was longer than Daly or any other Tour player. I witnessed this first hand in a little mini contest I had with Daly on the range during The Skins Game in 1991. That was before I got even longer. My peak was in 1993 where I basically destroyed everyone for 6 months.
I also played with several future Tour players on the Nationwide Tour that finished near the top of the PGA Tour driving stats.
Another frame of reference was the Nationwide event I played in 2008. I hit it awful, sideways and not solid. I had a 240 yard drive mixed into my 4 qualifying drives after hitting a tree, yet still finished in the top 5 for driving distance that week. Had that drive been eliminated, I would have finished first by about 10-12 yards.
Now on to tomorrow’s contest. The 18th at Kapalua is a horrible disadvantage for Jamie. As one poster on another message board said, I believe the PGA Tour knows this.
All drives funnel down to the same area at the bottom. One of two things will happen. Jamie will fly the ball past the area that gets the big bounces and he might lose…or he will get a decent roll and end up only 10 or so yards ahead of the PGA guys.
This is the telling thing to watch. My prediction is Jamie will fly the ball 20-30 yards farther and get hosed on the roll and either lose, or win by a small margin.
On the grid in Mesquite, Jamie beats the Tour guys by 30 yards or more.