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The Mutt Gets It Done At St. George’s



-Pettersson Wins The RBC Canadian Open-

Carl Pettersson himself said that until the closing back nine at the RBC Canadian Open today he was “nothing more than a sideshow.” Until then Hawaiian Dean Wilson had proved unrelenting in his pursuit of the title, posting par after par on his front nine to protect the four stroke gap he had garnered through round three. 

But in time Pettersson (71-68-60-67-266) would catch Wilson (65-65-65-72-267) and win his 4th PGA Tour title.

In his advance through the first 11 holes on Sunday Wilson had just one blemish on his card, a bogey on the tricky par 3, 8th hole, but he quickly rectified that with a birdie on the par five hole that followed.

Pettersson, meanwhile, was playing nothing like he had on Saturday when he set golf fans on their ears with a tour of one of Canada’s best courses in just 60 strokes.  The North Carolinian, by way of Sweden and England, (thus his own self-designation of a being a “mutt) made a few baubles through his front nine but counteracted them quickly enough to hold his score to where he had began the day, at 11 under par, and still four back of Wilson, currently non-exempt on the PGA Tour and playing on a sponsor’s exemption.

Then the back nine began.

“Yeah, I just love that back nine. It just set’s up great for me,” said Pettersson who mashed through the final nine in 29 strokes on Saturday and was looking forward to seeing them again in the final battle for the title. Once again he fell into its comforting arms.

“I started playing really well, and then I kind of felt like I took of the tournament coming in,” related the NC State alum with one of the most confusing accents you might ever find on the PGA Tour.

But he did win, courtesy of not only his career-low score on day three but a valiant charge that had began on holes eight and nine with birdies and carried through into the key holes on the back nine. Faced with a four stroke gap Pettersson decided to give himself a little challenge with Wilson dominating their pairing until then. “I started to talk to my caddy on the back nine; I was like, let’s see if we can get close to him.”

The new Canadian national champion said he played aggressive coming in and it paid off. “That was fun. And it helped me.”

The compensation was sub-par scores on 11, 13, 14, and 15, completing a run of six under par scoring on eight holes. That pushed him into the lead as Wilson botched the 12th and 14th holes on his way to a final lap of 72.

There was just a little drama left on the eighteenth hole as Pettersson carried a two stroke lead into the last of a string of tough holes. Pettersson left his birdie stroke well short and left the door slightly ajar for Wilson who could not capitalize, leaving Pettersson to two putt for the win and to receive the adoration of an appreciative Toronto crowd.

“It’s unbelievable. I still can’t believe I won the tournament,” said a happy but slightly shocked Pettersson to the media afterward. “..last year my game left me. And you know, you start questioning yourself if you’re good enough to play, and am I ever going to win again. And yeah, I was feeling it coming up the last hole. I knew anything could happen, but it was special – most important win for me coming back after last year playing so poorly.”

For his win Pettersson earns his way into the 2010 PGA Championship as well as a spot on the 2011 Masters and a cheque for $918,000. He also gets to be the defending champion of the RBC Canadian Open next year when it will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

-Equipment Notes: 

-Carl Pettersson used a new Nike VR Rev 60 degree wedge this week

-Pettersson, who has been a Nike Athlete for eight years, says the key to his win was his driving this week, A month and a half ago he switched to a Nike Golf VR Red Driver.

This report provided to by Canada's Flagstick Golf Magazine (

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In contention, Tiger blew one OB on the 16th hole at Bay Hill



“For a moment, it looked like it was going to be Tiger Woods’ day,” NBC anchor Dan Hicks intoned late during Sunday’s final-round telecast of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Rory McIlroy, pouring in birdies, winning for the first time on the PGA Tour since the 2016, is the story at Bay Hill this week. That said, when Tiger Woods birdied the 13th hole to get within one stroke of the lead, it looked like we could be party to a very different Sunday story.

The story, that of Woods’ potential 80th PGA Tour went, went off the rails with a pulled tee shot at the 16th hole that sailed out of bounds. After the round, Woods admitted to not fully committing to a shot shape at the 16th hole.

Speaking with Steve Sands, Woods indicated he was deciding between a left-to-right slider off the tee, bombing his driver (presumably right to left), and hitting a 3-wood. He was somewhere between options one and two when he pulled the trigger, and the result was a foul ball left.

Woods limped home after the bogey five at the 16th with a bogey at the par-three 17th. After a poor tee shot at the 18th hole, Woods played short of the green with his second and got up and down for par and a final-round three-under 69 and a tie for fifth at 10 under par.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner was five shots behind Henrik Stenson to begin the day. He birdied both the par-5 fourth and par-5 sixth holes before adding another birdie at the par-4 eighth. Woods rebounded from a bogey at the ninth with a birdie at the 10th.

A sand save at the par-5 12th moved Woods to 11 under, and rolling one in from 13 feet at the par-4 13th got him to one off the lead.

After pars at the 14th and 15th holes, Woods imploded with the already discussed out-of-bounds effort off the tee.

Ultimately, with Rory McIlroy finishing at 17 under par, Woods was never going to win this tournament; he’d have needed a final-round 61 just to tie McIlroy. However, looking ahead to Augusta, fans won’t be encouraged by his stumble down the stretch or his performance off the tee–Woods was 71st in strokes gained: tee-to-green, losing 3.526 strokes to the field.

The other side of the coin, of course, most positively, is Woods played his second tournament in as many weeks and remains unhindered by his surgically repaired back. He was 19th in strokes gained: approach, second in strokes gained: around-the-green, and eight in strokes gained: putting for the week.

Woods isn’t expected to tee it up before the Masters (April 5), where he’ll be seeking his fifth green jacket.

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Rory McIlroy’s Winning WITB: 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational



Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax P95X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4), TaylorMade “Rors Proto” P-730 (5-9)
Shafts: Project X 7.0

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (48, 52 and 58 degrees), Taylormade Hi-Toe (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade TP Collection Black Copper Soto (with slant neck)

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x


Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about McIlroy’s clubs.

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Bob Parsons explains why PXG Gen2 irons cost $400, but are “probably worth $1000”



As part of the launch of its new 0311 Gen2 irons, Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) offered me time to interview the man himself, Bob Parsons, who’s the founder and CEO of PXG. Parsons founded in 1997, among other companies throughout his professional career, and depending on how much you trust Forbes’ Net Worth estimates, he’s worth $3 billion.

So why did he start a golf equipment company, and what makes PXG so different? In my interview with Parsons (who’s quite the character, as you’ll find out), we discuss those questions and much more.

I encourage you to watch the entire interview (obviously), but for your viewing convenience, here are the topics we covered and the timestamps from the 12-minute interview above. Enjoy!

  • Scottsdale National Golf Club upgrades and new Gen2 irons (0:37)
  • What made you start a golf company? (1:25)
  • Spending $350,000 a year on golf clubs (2:24)
  • Recruiting Mike Nicolette and breaking the mold of product releases (2:48)
  • Were you nervous it took three years to upgrade the irons? (3:45)
  • New COR2 technology and its benefits (4:33)
  • Did you set out to disrupt the industry? (5:30)
  • PXG’s growth in size and Tour presence (5:55)
  • What’s your favorite country to play golf in? (6:41)
  • What’s your relationship with the military? (6:55)
  • What’s in your bag? (8:55)
  • What’s your relationship with GolfWRX? (9:45)
  • Why are these irons $50 more expensive? (10:09)
  • When can we expect new metalwoods and Gen3 irons? (11:18)
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