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big hitters Northern Ireland golfers among hardest-hitting in the world - thanks to Rory McIlroy

The Northern Irish have the second longest drives, beaten only by the Belgians, with Shane Lowry found to be biggest Irish hitter

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Rory McIlroy is known for his long drives. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Rory McIlroy is known for his long drives. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Rory McIlroy is known for his long drives. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

When it comes to teeing off, Northern Ireland golfers have been credited with having the most powerful drives on the planet - after the Belgians.

New research has found Belgium golfers have been clocked as having the longest drives with Northern Ireland in second place while golfers from the Republic of Ireland are sixth in the rankings.

The study from PGATour.2k.com found powerful driving is in the DNA of golfers from both sides of the border.

The golf website investigated the PGA Tour Driving data statistics in nine of the most popular golfing tournaments from the years 2010 to 2021, to uncover which country produces golfers who can drive the furthest.

The study noted that Northern Ireland landed in second place as a country.

“Much of this is down to the driving ability of Rory McIlroy alone, who ranked fourth overall on the biggest hitter by country list.

“His best performance off the tee came at the World Golf Championships in 2015, where he hit a total distance of 2,757 yards – averaging 344.6 yards per drive.”

In the country ranking, Venezuela is in third place, Chile is in fourth place and Spain is in the fifth position.

The Republic of Ireland is ranked in sixth place on the list of countries whose golfers have the longest drives, according to the PGATour.2k.com statistics.

Out of seven Irish golfers, Shane Lowry was found to be the most powerful with an average driving distance of 332.9 yards at the World Golf Championships in 2016.

When it comes to the hardest hitters, Rory McIlroy is the individual golfer with the fourth-longest drive with an average driving distance of 310 yards.

US golfers Cameron Champ, Dustin Johnson, and J.B Holmes have landed in the first, second, and third places respectively.

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The nine tournaments analysed were the Arnold Palmer Invitational, PGA Championship, Masters Tournament, Tour Championship, The Players Championship, U.S. Open, World Golf Championships, The Open Championship, and The Memorial Tournament.

In total, 686 golfers from 40 different countries who featured on the longest driving data list were analyzed.

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