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Rory McIlroy using new Odyssey putter, Titleist Pro V1x in South Africa

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There’s finally visual proof that Rory McIlroy is using a new Odyssey mallet putter at the European Tour’s South Africa Open Championship, as well as a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball. The Odyssey putter uses the company’s Microhinge insert, a new design Odyssey announced on Monday.

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We can also confirm that McIlroy is using four Titleist SM6 Vokey wedges (46-08 F Grind, 52-08 F Grind, 56-10 S Grind and 60-08 M Grind) as well as a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage XT 70TX shaft in his Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero driver.

Related: See video of Rory swinging Callaway’s GBB Epic Sub Zero driver. 

The European Tour posted a story on Rory’s equipment change, which said TaylorMade’s M2 fairway woods were in his bag. McIlroy also has a set of set of Callaway Apex MB Prototype irons (3-PW) in his bag with Project X 7.0 steel shafts.

“They are the clubs for this week but that could change week to week,” McIlroy said in his pre-tournament interview. “This is my first event with this set-up so we will see how it goes this week. You never really know until you have a card in your hand and at the end of the day the person swinging the club is more important than the club itself.”

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GolfWRX will keep you updated on what clubs McIlroy puts in the bag for Round 1 of the tournament, which begins Thursday. He tees off at 7:10 a.m. local time (12:10 a.m. in New York).

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  1. Tom54

    Feb 6, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed different clubs throughout my golfing days and can only be jealous of Rory being able to try all sorts of clubs whatever he wishes with clubmakers fixing him whatever he wants. They lead a charmed life for sure. I think somehow he’ll sign with Calloway.

  2. tlmck

    Jan 12, 2017 at 1:50 am

    And I’m still using a 1990 Ping Anser 5BZ. Still works awesome on slick greens, even with modern balls.

  3. Tom

    Jan 11, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Ewww that stings. Scotty M 1 out for the first tournament of the season.

  4. MB

    Jan 11, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    So which model putter is he playing?

    • Tom

      Jan 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      The soon to be famous Odyssey with the “microhinge” insert.

  5. PXG

    Jan 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    “…at the end of the day the person swinging the club is more important than the club itself.”
    Whoa, whoa, whoa…Don’t let Parsons hear you saying stuff like that. In fact, don’t let Callaway hear you saying that with an Epic in your hand.

  6. Greg Laves

    Jan 11, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I haven’t seen any comments about the Titleist ball. That Pro V1x doesn’t look anything like the Pro V1x I can buy. I wonder if it is like some of the test golf balls Titleist sent out for evauation last year. One ball I got to test was really awesome. Longer and straighter off the tee with more spin around the greens on soft shots.

    • Dr Troy

      Jan 11, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Yes, those are the new ones coming out soon

  7. Teaj

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    are the irons raw?

  8. westphi

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Wow those irons look juicy!!!

  9. Forsbrand

    Jan 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Actually, has Rory borrowed the irons from Ryan Moore?! 🙂

  10. Forsbrand

    Jan 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    So Titlesit 660 irons stamped Callaway then?!!!

    • Tom

      Jan 11, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      hawt damn. Ur right ……Thats brilliant. They must have bought the rights to the die sets.

      • KTM2000

        Jan 12, 2017 at 2:39 am

        The shape on the tip of the muscle is a bit different, and also the grind on the bottom.

        • Tom

          Jan 14, 2017 at 12:33 am

          grinding after the form process to get the final shape

          • Vince

            Jan 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

            The sole on the 660’s is a lot thinner then these Callaways.

  11. MR B

    Jan 11, 2017 at 11:34 am

    PX 7.0 is stout

  12. Dj

    Jan 11, 2017 at 11:28 am

    You can’t possibly tell me that there isn’t a deal in place with callaway with all of these prototypes he has that even every other callaway staffer doesn’t have.

    • emb

      Jan 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Unless Callaway is paying him over $25m/year then why can’t you believe it? The rumor was that he’s getting around $25m from nike per year and that contract still exists. Any new deal he enters is subtracted from what Nike pays him ex. Callaway signs him for $10m therefore Nike now only has to pay him $15m to equal the $25m total. If he’s going to get the same money regardless of who its coming from then why would he sign with Callaway and lock himself into a deal? Now he has the freedom to play other clubs if these protos don’t work out. Plus he’s playing vokeys & a Pro V1x which probably wouldn’t fly with Cally if they signed him. Callaway obviously wants to sign him when his Nike deal is over so they are going above and beyond as he’s arguably the best player in the world.

      • Travis

        Jan 11, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        They don’t need to pay him for an entire year or sign a contract. Just pay him to use the clubs in a couple of events.

      • Joseph

        Jan 11, 2017 at 7:28 pm

        Does anyone know if he is playing the cast Vokeys or Japanese forged ones?

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Tour Mash: Rahm wins in Dubai, Cook sizzles to victory

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Two more points races reached their end this weekend. The LPGA season culminated in Florida with the Race to the CME Globe, while the European Tour concluded its Race to Dubai in, where else? Dubai! The PGA Tour played its final event until the new year, in Georgia, while the Ladies European Tour played its Sanya Open in China. Before American Thanksgiving revelry and remembrance set in, it’s time for one more tour mash.

LPGA Tour: A day of twos ends in a win for Ariya

Ariya Jutanugarn birdied her final two holes to win the CME Tour Championship. She was given the opportunity to win in regulation when Lexi Thompson pushed a 2-foot putt for par at the last. Although Thompson did not win the year’s final event, she captured 2 titles of her own: Vare Trophy for low scoring average and Race To CME Globe, the season’s points race.

How Ariya Jutanugarn tasted victory

The power game has arrived on the LPGA Tour, in case you missed it. Golfers such as Lexi, Ariya and Sung Hyun Park obliterate the orb, leaving little yardage to the green. When her game is firing, Ariya Jutanugarn is unstoppable. After bogey at the first hole on Sunday, the young golfer from Thailand etched six birdies into the final 17 holes, for a second-consecutive 67. Her birdie at the last came from 23 feet, an amazing putt to hole with victory on the line. Down it went, and up went the smile of a champion.

How the rest came up just shy of a win

With eerie similarity, Lexi Thompson’s card was the flip side of Ariya’s. Thompson made six birdies over her first 17 holes, but the hiccough at the last, her only bogey on the day, dropped her to 14-under par and opened the door for Jutanugarn. Thompson was on absolute fire on Sunday, hitting all 14 fairways and using the putter 28 times. Ariya, Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie and Suzann Pettersen stood tied atop at 10-under, heading into round 4. Pettersen’s 72, Kaufman’s 71 and Wie’s 70 were simply not enough to keep pace with those coming from behind on Sunday. Ariya, however, was up to the challenge.

European Tour: Rahm wins in Dubai and Fleetwood breathes again

For a time, it seemed as though Justin Rose would win his third consecutive event in Europe and would squeeze past Fleetwood for the season points title. The former Englishman was in the midst of the greatest scoring run of his career, while the later Englishman seemed to have little petrol left in the tank. Then the back nine on Sunday happened, and everything changed.

How Jon Rahm won the DP World Tour

Shane Lowry made 10 birdies on Sunday, but he had one bogey. Rahm had half as many birdies and zero bogeys, and that last number made the difference. The young Basque played a stellar 132 over the closing 36 holes, eclipsed only by Lowry’s 131. Rahm fearlessly navigated his way around the Jumeirah Estates course, eeking out a one-shot win over Lowry and also hard-charging Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

How the others went home trophy-less

We all want to know about Rose. four birdies on the outward 9-holes staked him to a lead, and the greatest season comeback on a major tour was nearly written. With only three bogeys in his first 63 holes, Rose proceeded to bogey 12, 14 and 16, with only a birdie at the last to bring him to 17-under. He ended up two behind Rahm, and in second place in the Race to Dubai points race. It was a glorious campaign for Rose, and cements him as world player to watch in 2018. The Englishman tied for fourth with Sergio Garcia, Dean Burmeister and Dylan Fritelli, both of South Africa, on 17-under par.

PGA Tour: Cook collects First Tour win in Georgia

Fall is a time for young aspirants to make a mark on the PGA Tour. Austin Cook followed the script, birdieing 3-of-his-final-4 holes to stretch a single-shot lead into a four-stroke triumph. J.J. Spaun, a Web.Com tour graduate in 2017, was in the mix for the second consecutive week. He played well down the stretch, and earned a runner-up finish.

How Cook caught fire

Austin Cook played a veteran front-nine, with one bogey and one birdie. None of the chasers caught him, so the Arkansas alum continued to manage his game in the fairways-greens style. On the inward half, Cook took charge, with birdies at 15, 17 and 18, to move well in front of the runner-up. With the precision of a surgeon, Cook took apart the Sea Island course in impressive fashion. After his second-round 62, many expected him to have one weak round on the weekend, but 66-67 showed the his mettle.

How the others flamed out

Spaun really didn’t flame out, not like last week, when he caught the double-bogey train. A proven winner on other tours, Spaun should win in 2018. His game was solid, mixing in more birdies than bogeys, and his second-place finish was well-earned. Brian Gay might have been more comfortable than any other golfer this week, but he was just as erratic. Case in point: back nine. From holes 13 to 18, Gay made one birdie, two eagles, two pars and one double. Still, his numbers were low enough to secure solo third, one stroke behind Spaun and two in front of the fourth-place finishers.

Ladies European Tour: Boutier sizzles on back nine for win

Celine Boutier imagined a top-10 or top-5 when the third day dawned at Yalong Bay, in China. After bogeys on holes 4 and 5, she needed to gather herself in order to preserve her standing. From this day forward, “gather herself” in the dictionary will forever show a picture of Celine Boutier. Her six-birdie finish vaulted her past all challengers, to her first European Tour victory.

How Boutier bloomed

The recent Duke University graduate posted three rounds in the 60s, the only competitor to achieve that distinction at the Sanya Open. The Frenchwoman didn’t make a bogey until the 15th hole of her second round, but she was stuck in neutral from that hole through the 9th hole on Sunday, making only pars and bogeys. Something clicked at the turn, and Boutier regained the confidence that had produced 10 birdies during the tournament’s first half.

How the others gave chase

Solar Lee was in good standing on Sunday’s outward nine. She bounced back from an opening bogey with three birdies through the 9th, and held the top spot on the leader board at 7-under. Lee reached 9-under through 13, but made bogey at 14 to drop to 8-under. Then came the blossoming of Boutier, and Lee had to be satisfied with the runner-up spot. One spot behind Lee was Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, Iceland’s reigning professional golfer, at 7-under.

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GolfWRX is live this week from The 2017 RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club — the Seaside course plays as a par 70 measuring 7,005 yards — in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

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Headlined by last week’s OHL Classic champion Patton Kizzire, and 2015 RSM Champion Kevin Kisner, this week’s field is filled with notable names including Ricky Barnes, Zac Blair, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Harris English, Tommy Gainey, Bill Haas, Beau Hossler, Zach Johnson, Smylie Kaufman, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Graeme McDowell, Ollie Schniederjans, Brandt Snedeker, Hudson Swafford, Bubba Watson and others.

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GolfWRX is live this week from The 2017 RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club — the Seaside course plays as a par 70 measuring 7,005 yards — in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

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Headlined by last week’s OHL Classic champion Patton Kizzire, and 2015 RSM Champion Kevin Kisner, this week’s field is filled with notable names including Ricky Barnes, Zac Blair, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Harris English, Tommy Gainey, Bill Haas, Beau Hossler, Zach Johnson, Smylie Kaufman, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Graeme McDowell, Ollie Schniederjans, Brandt Snedeker, Hudson Swafford, Bubba Watson and others.

In last year’s RSM Classic, Mackenzie Hughes won in a five-man playoff to secure his first PGA Tour victory. He’s back in the field this year to defend his title.

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