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By GameDayDog

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On the day that Rory McIlroy officially became the world’s No. 1 male golfer, the mailman delivered my copy of April’s Golf Digest magazine with Tiger Woods on the cover. Arms folded across his chest, the signature red shirt and a slight smile that seemed to hint, “I shot sixty-two yesterday.”

Sure this copy of Golf Digest went to press approximately two or three months ago and there was no way of knowing that the weekend before it would find its way into my mailbox, Tiger would rediscover his putting stroke and post a 62 on the field. Nor could it be known that on that day, a new No. 1 would be crowned. Perhaps it’s all just one big coincidence — or is it?

There are a lot of people in the ABT (Anyone But Tiger) crowd that I predict will be extremely disappointed this golf season. Tiger Woods’ last win, albeit unofficial, was at the Chevron World Challenge against the top eighteen golfers in the world. Woods came from behind to defeat former Masters champion, Zach Johnson by one stroke. Will the addition of 32 more golfers make a difference to Tiger after finishing second last week?

This weekend at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral, the top fifty golfers in the world are present. That’s common knowledge and I hate stating the obvious as a writer, but this weekend, Rory McIlroy won’t be paired in a final round with —no offense  — Harris English and Tom Gillis. If the golf gods smile upon us, we will see McIlroy, Woods, Mickelson, Westwood, Kaymer, Garcia, Stricker and my sleeper pick, Jason Day in the final groups, battling for the trophy on Sunday.

The world golf rankings are calculated by stats over a two year period. Luke Donald’s consistency helped him gain the No. 1 spot last year. For me, that doesn’t define a champion. The golfing public wants McIlroy in the group with the biggest names in golf, going birdie for birdie on the back nine on Sundays and win — like that guy in the red shirt used to do.

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Sergio Garcia WITB 2018 (with commentary from Sergio)

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This special-edition of Sergio Garcia’s WITB includes commentary about his clubs from a podcast he recently did with Callaway, Garcia’s new equipment sponsor. Below are the clubs he is using in Singapore this week.

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage Dual Core 70TX
Sergio says: “This new driver feels really, really good. I love the ball flight. I can hit it both ways, left to right, or right to left. And I’ve been driving it quite well. So that gives me even more confidence.”

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16 (3-4 iron), Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10, 54-10 and 58-08)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x
Sergio says: “I loved the wedges right away. They feel so much better for me. I got a lot more spin and different ball trajectories. And because I get more spin, I can be more aggressive with my chipping.”

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft
Sergio says: “My golf ball feels really nice. It’s definitely much better around the greens for me. It was important for me to make sure I liked the golf ball (when I came to Callaway)… It’s very important to see and feel that you can work the ball, and flight the ball. And that’s obviously one of the reasons why I decided to come to Callaway.”

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge at the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West (7,113 yards, par 72) in La Quinta, California.

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Defending-champion Hudson Swafford notched his first career victory at the 2017 CareerBuilders Challenge, where he won by one stroke over Adam Hadwin. He’ll be back in the field this year to defend his title.

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Haotong Li joins Bettinardi’s Tour staff, will play an SS3 mallet putter

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Haotong Li, China’s top-ranked golfer, joins Francesco Molinari as a new addition to the Bettinardi Tour staff. Li, who most golf fans know from his barnstorming final-round 63 and third-place finish at last year’s Open Championship, will play a Bettinardi Custom Studio Stock 3 Tour putter during the remainder of the 2018 season.

Bettinardi says the compact SS3 mallet putter was designed to fit Li’s slight-arc putting stroke, with a modified neck to increase the amount of toe hang.

“It’s truly an honour for me to partner with Bettinardi and use its finely made putters to compete at the highest level in 2018,” said Li. “Bettinardi to me stands for quality and craftsmanship and this is what I was looking for when choosing the most important club in my bag.”

Here’s a look at Li’s flatstick.

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