Adam Long (USA) set a new record on the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) Tour with a 100 percent fairway finding rate for the first time in 31 years .Long landed all 14 of his tee shots on par-4s and par-5s during the final round of the PGA Tour’s Worldwide Technology Championship at El Cardonal (par-72) in Los Cabos, Mexico on Saturday. Long, who hadn’t hit a tee shot out of the fairway on a par-4 or par-5 in the first three rounds, had a 100 percent fairway contact rate for the tournament .It’s been 31 years since Brian Klahr (USA) recorded a 100 percent fairway contact rate in a PGA Tour event at the 1992 Memorial Tournament. Long was able to achieve this feat because El Cardonal has such wide fairways .According to Data Golf, 18 players hit 100 percent of their shots in the first round of the tournament.
When you consider that the average PGA Tour tournament fairway contact rate is only 58%, you can see how easy El Cardonal is to tee off. Designed by Tiger Woods (USA), El Cardonal doesn’t just have wide fairways, it also has a low level of difficulty, which led to a winning score of 27 under par. On a challenging course, you should expect to lose half a stroke to a stroke if you miss the fairway, but at El Cardonal, fairway accuracy didn’t have much of an impact on your score. Winner Eric van Rooyen (SOUTH AFR) 스포츠토토존 was tied for 25th (92.86%) .Long finished tied for 23rd (17-under par 271), 10 strokes behind him.