Author: Andre Hanson
Team Callaway is considered like an elite team in the golf world. They are among the best golfers of all time and have created camaraderie and also competition with each other. Promoting titles within Callaway Golf, the company has created a new “best among the best” team – the Callaway Kings of Distance.
The Kings of Distance are selected by Callaway by calculating all hits its players make during their games. There are only four members selected as Kings of Distance and those four are currently: Pat Perez, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed, and Sang-Moon Bae.
Here’s a more insightful run through for each of the Callaway’s Kings of Distance:
Pat Perez holds the record for the longest drive since Callaway Golf started the “Kings of Distance” team with 382 yards covered in one hit. He started his professional golfing career in 1997 at the Web.com tour. After earning enough points, he tried for the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament and after passing continued his golfing for the PGA Tour. He played for eight years until he experienced his first highlight in his career in 2009 by winning at the Bob Hope Classic. He joined Team Callaway just this 2014.
Gary Woodland lands second place as the hitter of the longest drive on Callaway’s record. Last year, however, he was able to set the record of the longest drive with a 450 yards drive. He started his golfing career as an amateur in college. After graduating, he started his professional career in 2007 for the Nationwide Tour. In 2008, he entered the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament and joined the PGA Tour in 2009. He had started having his highlight after winning his first PGA Tour title at the Transitions Championship. He signed up with Callaway Golf also in 2014.
Patrick Reed – the Team Callaway member that hit the third longest drive during the last tour. He started his amateur golfing career in 2008 at University of Georgia and ended it with a Jones Cup Invitational title in 2010. He turned professional in 2011 then played his first PGA Tour at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
He played for many years mostly just making the cut and had his first victory in 2013 at the Wyndham Championship PGA Tour. He gained more fame after setting two records at the Humana Challenge PGA Tour for most strokes under par after 54 holes and for being the first player in PGA to open a tournament with three rounds of 63.
He just had his biggest highlight this year after winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Being 23, he became the youngest winner of the WGC Championship and ranked 20th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
He joined Callaway Golf in 2013 and has moved up in his career since then.
Sang-Moon Bae, the fourth placer in the Kings of Distance team, is a Korean icon as a professional golf player. He started a professional career in 2004 and won many tournaments on Asian Tours and Japan Golf Tours. In 2011, he became the greatest earning player for winning three tournaments at the Vana H Cup KBC Augusta, Coca-cola Tokai Classic and Japan Open on the Japan Golf Tour. He soon played for the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, placed 12th and started competing on PGA Tour in 2012.
He had his first PGA Tour victory in 2013 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship with a Callaway HEX Chrome Ball. He was the third South Korean PGA Tour winner. He will be endorsing Callaway Golf with an Odyssey Putter on his next tournaments.