Driving Accuracy Leaders on the PGA Tour

calvin peete pga tour driving accuracy champ

Which golfers have been the straightest drivers on the PGA Tour over the years? Below are the yearly leaders in driving accuracy, dating to 1980 when the tour started recording this statistic.

A few notes about the list:

  • The golfer with the highest percentage of fairways hit to date is Calvin Peete (pictured above), whose driving accuracy was 84.55 in 1983.
  • Peete led the tour in this stat every year from 1981 through 1991, 10 consecutive years. That is the record in this category.
  • The lowest driving accuracy to lead the PGA Tour is 71.81 — that's the percentage of fairways hit by Jerry Kelly, who led this stat in 2013.

Now on to the list. These are the PGA Tour golfers most successful at hitting the fairway off the tee:

PGA Tour Driving Accuracy Leaders By Year
2018 — Henrik Stenson, 74.79 percent of fairways hit
2017 — Ryan Armour, 72.73
2016 — Colt Knost, 73.36
2015 — Francesco Molinari, 76.88
2014 — David Toms, 75.49
2013 — Jerry Kelly, 71.81
2012 — Jerry Kelly, 73.00
2011 — Joe Durant, 75.65
2010 — Omar Uresti, 76.08
2009 — Joe Durant, 74.09
2008 — Olin Browne, 80.42
2007 — Jose Coceres, 75.47
2006 — Joe Durant, 78.43
2005 — Jeff Hart, 75.95
2004 — Fred Funk, 77.23
2003 — Fred Funk, 77.86
2002 — Fred Funk, 81.24
2001 — Joe Durant, 81.10
2000 — Fred Funk, 79.95
1999 — Jeff Maggert, 81.44
1998 — Bruce Fleisher, 81.36
1997 — Allen Doyle, 80.81
1996 — Fred Funk, 78.66
1995 — Fred Funk, 81.32
1994 — David Edwards, 81.61
1993 — Doug Tewell, 82.48
1992 — Doug Tewell, 82.33
1991 — Hale Irwin, 78.31
1990 — Calvin Peete, 83.67
1989 — Calvin Peete, 82.63
1988 — Calvin Peete, 82.49
1987 — Calvin Peete, 83.04
1986 — Calvin Peete, 81.69
1985 — Calvin Peete, 80.56
1984 — Calvin Peete, 77.53
1983 — Calvin Peete, 84.55
1982 — Calvin Peete, 81.29
1981 — Calvin Peete, 81.86
1980 — Mike Reid, 79.45

The PGA Tour's Driving Accuracy stat is a percentage of times a golfer's tee shots come to rest in the fairway. What club the golfer uses to hit the tee shot doesn't matter (all tee shots are included, regardless of club).

Photo credit: "Calvin Peete 1986 Western Open" by Ted Van Pelt is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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