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Callaway signs Lee McCoy, three other top amateurs

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If you caught our photos from the FedEx St. Jude Classic earlier this week, you probably marveled at Lee McCoy’s custom Callaway wedges.

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McCoy’s 46-degree Callaway MD3 wedge

And after the drooling subsided, you probably came to the conclusion that McCoy, former University of Georgia standout appearing in his first tournament as a pro, had signed with Callaway.

Related: Updated Lee McCoy WITB

Indeed he has. As have three other top-ranked amateurs–Thomas Detry, Matt NeSmith, and Will Starke–the company announced today.

McCoy was a First Team All-American in 2016 for the University of Georgia, and a three-time All-American selection overall. When he turned pro, he was the No. 3 amateur in the world. He tied for fourth at the Valspar Championship earlier this year.

Callaway also inked a 2016 Big Ten Champion from the University of Illinois: Thomas Detry. Detry is the seventh-ranked amateur in the world and was the 2015 Big Ten Golfer of the Year.

Matt NeSmith, 1st Team All-American in 2016 for the University of South Carolina, also joins Team Callaway. NeSmith is the No. 8 amateur in the world

Finally, Will Starke, All-American selection for the University of South Carolina and winner of the Mackenzie Tour’s Q-School in April will be sporting the chevron.

All 4 staffers will play Callaway equipment and an Odyssey Putter. Callaway’s young Tour Staff is large and growing. It includes major winners Danny Willett and Lydia Ko, Branden Grace, Patrick Reed, Danny Lee, Harris English, Ryo Ishikawa, Emiliano Grillo, Thomas Pieters, Ollie Schniederjans, and Wesley Bryan. 

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  1. Richard Grime

    Jun 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I saw Lee McCoy at the Walker Cup. He seemed very calm and was hitting some great/ strange shots on the practice ground before he went out, just fooling around. I think that that mindset will be very useful in his future. Good enough to be on the PGA tour in my opinion. Bryson Dechambeau was the standout player on both teams however and a class act.

  2. t-ball

    Jun 12, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Most, except for the DAWGS !!! Georgia boys doing pretty well out on tour. Chris Hack is doing something different. Don’t know what, but it seems to be working. McCoy will do just fine. Don’t know about the rest.

    • Tour Pro

      Jun 13, 2016 at 3:52 am

      McCoy just got smoked. Hes not PGA Tour material.

  3. Tour Pro

    Jun 12, 2016 at 5:36 am

    They will all wind up mid pack grinders on the Web.com

  4. helgs

    Jun 11, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Do you not consider Aaron Wise to be a top ranked amateur signed by Callaway?

    • Todd Grant

      Jun 11, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Exactly. The NCAA individual win earned him a spot as the 5th ranked amateur in the world golf amateur rankings.

    • Tour Pro

      Jun 12, 2016 at 5:48 am

      Does not matter. They will all wind up on the Web.com and never be heard from again like all the others every year. And most wint even be able to hack it on the Web.com. These college stars rarely pan out in the big leagues. Maybe 1 in 50 of the good ones might get a card.

      • Todd Grant

        Jun 12, 2016 at 1:22 pm

        I wasn’t projecting a presumption regarding anyone of the golfers stated in article above.
        You would maybe find a different thread for that.

  5. Mike Honcho

    Jun 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    All good investments except for Ryo, he’s yesterday’s news. Matsuyama is the main man from Japan now.

  6. Tcann32

    Jun 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Wow.. That wedge looks an awful lot like a custom
    Scratch wedge with the punisher logo i engraved on it 6 months ago as a refinish job. Also happens to be my “avatar” on the site.

    I guess my creative skills are better than I thought?

  7. Tom

    Jun 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Callaway is makin the move ..

    • Tour Pro

      Jun 13, 2016 at 3:54 am

      Bad move investing in kids that are not half as good as they think. Thes Georgia kids could not even dominate in the NCAA ranks.

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Gear Dive Special Edition: A talk with Ho Sung Choi (plus WITB)

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As only he can, Johnny Wunder was able to snag 15 minutes with the purveyor of the “fisherman’s swing,” the viral phenomenon that is Ho Sung Choi.

Wunder caught up with the South Korean pro as he prepares for his sponsor’s exemption start at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Enjoy a transcript of their chat (facilitated by Choi’s interpreter, Paul Whang) below.

JW: What is his reaction to the amount of positive attention he’s getting come from the United States?

He’s thankful to the level where he can’t explain it in words. He’s very overwhelmed with the amount of fans that he has and the attention that he’s gotten lately. And because of the fans that he has, they bring him a lot more energy when he plays golf.

JW: What is he most excited about this week? 

Right now he’s just very excited to be here and playing in this tournament. He knows that there are a lot of people watching him, and he just wants to…play great and have fun…

JW: He has a very unique way of playing…is that just his natural way of playing? 

He didn’t start playing it this way…it took a while to have his game to evolve, and after a while he found a playing style that worked for him, that fit him, that’s just his natural…way of playing…He wants everyone to know that the way he plays golf, that’s how he plays naturally.

JW: What tournament is he most excited to play in? 

He can’t really give an answer, because how he sees it, he’s just very grateful to even have an opportunity to play anywhere, and because he’s a professional golfer, no matter what tournament he goes out to play, whichever tournament…he’s going to give it 100 percent…and that’s the kind of person he is.

JW: Has he been to the United States before?

This is actually his first time here…and he’s been here for 11 days now.

JW: Where did he get his golf bag? 

He actually doesn’t have a main sponsor…it wasn’t until he got to LA, it was through a favor that someone made that bag for him.

JW: Was it Burt Lamar that made the bag? [Iliac Golf]

Yes, that’s correct.

JW: What clubs does he have in the bag?

The driver is TaylorMade. Fairway wood and hybrid is Callaway. The irons are TaylorMade. Wedges by Titleist. Putter is Odyssey.

With information from Andrew Tursky at PGATour.com, Choi’s WITB is as follows.

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: UST  Mamiya V2 6FS Tour prototype

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Evolution V x-flex

5-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (18 degrees)

Hybrids: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 (20, 23 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura MCH 90X

Irons: TaylorMade’s 2016 Japan Gloire Forged (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro prototype

Wedges: Vokey 2018 Prototype (50, 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red Jailbird Mini

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

You can listen to the full Gear Dive interview below.

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Spotted: Tony Romo with Jordan Spieth’s old wedge, Tiger Woods’ old putter at Pebble Beach

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Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, current CBS analyst and legitimate amateur golfing talent, Tony Romo, will be teeing it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week, as he often does.

And while it’s always interesting to see what sticks the ams arrive at the famed California course with, in Romo’s case, it’s particularly noteworthy. Indeed, it’s not so much about what’s in in his bag, but rather whose clubs are in his bags.

No. 9 is gaming hand-me-downs from two of his buddies: Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.

Tiger Woods’ Nike Method 001

 

Jordan Spieth’s 60-degree Vokey SM7

This officially confirms our suspicions that it is advantageous to be a celebrity golfer with professional golfer buddies.

 

 

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Tour Rundown: Fowler in Phoenix, DJ surges in Saudi Arabia

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With the big NFL game on tap, professional golf was hard-pressed to offer anything dramatic enough to capture the viewing public’s attention. Well, they did so, in spades. Haotong Li and Dustin Johnson did battle in Saudi Arabia, while Rickie Fowler matched wits with rain, the rule book, bad decisions, and Branden Grace in Scottsdale. Oh, and the Web.Com tour let it fly high in the Andes.

For a quick rundown of all things tour, read on, friends!

PGA Tour: Phoenix Open goes to Orange Crush

Rickie Fowler continues to find interesting ways to get himself in contention at the Phoenix Open. In 2019, Fowler shot the low daily round on Thursday and Saturday, and was one stroke removed from that honor on Friday. That magnificence afforded him a four-stroke cushion over Matt Kuchar after 54 holes. The question on everyone’s minds was, could BDR (the acronym for his special, 16th-hole nickname, bestowed by special fans) finally lockdown a win, on a course he owns, against a strong field? If the header for this section wasn’t enough of a spoiler, well…

Blame it on the weather. Blame it on the rules. Blame it on … oh, wait, Rickie won! After two runner-up finishes in Scottsdale, the mod Californian avoided an unthinkable collapse with birdies on two of his final four holes. Despite the double bogey at the 5th, in spite of the inexplicable triple bogey at the 11th, and the bogey at 12, Fowler dug deep and benefited from a Branden Grace collapse. What’s that? Well, as Fowler foundered, Grace stood three under on the day an 16-under for the tournament. Unable to take advantage of the two closing birdie holes (15 and 17), Grace finished solo second at 15 under. Fowler’s 17-under total allowed him to finally taste victory in the desert. Will it lead to his first, career major title? This writer says aye.

European Tour: Inaugural Saudi International to world’s number-three player, Dustin Johnson

There was a story a minute this week in the middle east. From Sergio Garcia’s disqualification, to Li Haotong’s four-eagle performance in round three, pundits found plenty of material to fill columns and posts. Although Garcia’s week ended early, Li hung around until the 72nd hole. He began the day tied with Dustin Johnson for the lead, but was unable to separate by more than one stroke as the pair approached the turn. A bogey-birdie exchange sent the lead to Johnson, and he ran with it. The 2016 US Open champion offset two back-nine bogeys with a quartet of birdies.

Li, meanwhile, bogeyed three of his first five holes on the inward half, and could only narrow the gap to two strokes by day’s end. Haotong finds himself in the enviable/unenviable position of being able to win against lesser competition, but unable to stand tall against the world’s best. If he hopes to challenge at major events, he’ll need to overcome that mental block. England’s Tom Lewis began the day with the hottest of hand, making birdie on his opening five holes. He cooled off to even-par the rest of the way, finishing third alone at 16 under, one behind Li and three behind the champion.

Web.Com Tour: CCB Championship and Mark Anderson survive Saturday lightning delay

The Country Club de Bogota championship ran straight into a round-ending lightning delay on Saturday, necessitating 27 holes for the leaders on Sunday. The organizers and the competitors were up to the task, and the event reached 72 holes on schedule. Not struck by lightning, but the owner of lightning in a bottle, was Maryland’s Mark Anderson. The South Carolina alum opened the week with an eight-birdie 62 and kept the pedal floored.

A Friday 71 was the week’s only hiccough, but the 32-year old closed with 3 birdies over the final four holes to preserve the top spot. Came the weekend, and Anderson went to work. Scores of 66-67 were exceeded by only Drew Weaver (by one stroke.) Weaver ultimately took the second spot on the podium, but the tournament belonged to Anderson. His 17-under effort on the week gave him a four-shot cushion. The win moved Anderson into second place on The 25, the season-long chase for PGA Tour cards.

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