Adam Long made one of his best starts in months at the World Wide Technology Championship at El Cardonal in Diamante last week, and one of the main reasons for that was that he played every other shot from close range. Yes, every one. Long didn’t miss a fairway all week.
If that sounds absurd, that’s probably because it is. Long’s 56-for-56 fairway week made him the first player since Brian Claar, who accomplished the feat at the 1992 Memorial Tournament, to finish a four-round PGA Tour tournament with 100 percent shot accuracy. Exactly, 31 years ago!
“If you want to have a short to average length, you have to be pretty accurate to survive out here on Tour,” Long told PGATour.com. “…It’s something I pay attention to and work hard on.”
Admittedly, the Tiger Woods-designed El Cardonal Golf Course features expansive, forgiving fairways with an average landing area width of 60 yards. Some players hit every fairway perfectly on certain rounds, and Paul Haley and Troy Merritt only missed one fairway each all week. Nearly a dozen more were 54 of 56. But only Long could do that perfect.
On Sunday he shot a long-distance 69, good enough for a T23 result this week, his best result since a T16 at the Barbasol Championship in July.
However, his excellent driving accuracy during the week shouldn’t be a complete surprise. Over the last two Tour seasons, Long has ranked 33rd and 24th in driving accuracy, respectively. He ranks 13th in shot accuracy this season – hitting 66.78 percent of his fairways – although an epic 56-for-56 performance certainly boosted that number.
“That’s something I can say forever,” Long told PGATour.com. “A kind of bragging rights or an interesting statistic at quiz nights.”
You can check out the 9 Grade TaylorMade Stealth 2 Driver Long used below.
TaylorMade Stealth 2 Custom Driver
NEW 60X CARBON TWIST FACE Building on the speed-generating success of the original 60X Carbon TwistFace, which optimized energy transfer for high ball speeds, the new face design in the Stealth 2 features an advanced version of Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) to maintain ball speed at power-off – Center shots and increased forgiveness. It weighs 24g (2g lighter than the original Stealth face) and features an expanded COR area for a larger sweet spot and improved performance across the entire face. CARBON REINFORCED COMPOSITE RING The Carbon Reinforced Composite Ring unifies the rider’s head into a single force, releasing additional mass strategically placed to provide greater forgiveness. DESIGNED FOR SPEED AND FORGIVENESS Twist Face™’s corrective tendencies combined with advanced ICT help maintain ball speed and accuracy on off-center hits. A lightweight, full carbon body allows engineers to harvest mass and strategically place weight for optimal launch and forgiveness. NANOTEXTURE COVER The 60X Carbon Twist Face is encased in a polyurethane shell that features revolutionary nanotexture technology. The nano-texture shell is used to fine-tune launch and spin to optimize overall distance regardless of playing conditions. ASYMMETRIC INERTIAL GENERATOR The inertia generator remains the fundamental source of refined aerodynamic properties. The result is a slippery, fast head shape that helps golfers of all levels generate swing speed on the downswing. It is equipped with a 25g backweight that provides incredible MOI and forgiveness. THRU-SLOT SPEED POCKET Our flexible Speed Pocket™ design is designed to maximize ball speed and create additional forgiveness on low-face shots.
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