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Tour Mash: A Case of the Monday finishes

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If the President’s Cup isn’t the anticlimactic team competition of them all, please tell us which one gets your vote! With little to bind the rest of the world team together, this one was over on day one. As if that weren’t enough of a kick in the teeth, the LPGA and the Web.Com tours had their Sunday rounds postponed into Monday. We are patient fans, and are happy to bring you this delayed but still-tasty, Tour Mash.

Presidents Cup to USA for 10th time

It might be troublesome to see that the big news out of the big team event of 2017 revolves around ancillary golf gear. The team from USA came out hot on Thursday and Friday, amassing a 7.5 to 0.5 lead with two days of competition remaining. Call it foursomes, call it fourball, the format mattered little. And nothing changed on day three, as the Red-White-and-Blue won 6 of 8 pair matches to tuck in on Saturday night with an unthinkable, 13.5 to 2.5 advantage.

Were the Americans that good? Were the Rest of the World that off their game, or perhaps disinterested? Not for us to surmise. Although the visiting squad mounted a comeback effort on day four, winning six singles matches outright and halving three others, the final outcome was resolved. At this juncture, the questions on aficinionado minds revolve around importance and improvement of the event. Perhaps when the golf world arrives at Royal Melbourne (Australia) in 2019, some answers will be known.

Byrd claims Web.Com Tour Championship

The week began with an electrifying 59 from Sam Saunders, just a few days past the 1-year anniversary of the passing of his grandfather, Arnold Daniel Palmer. Saunders was in the mix all weekend long, ultimately tying for second with Shawn Stefani at 20-under par. The winner, Jonathan Byrd, established himself with consistently-stellar golf from the start.

Over the four days of competition, Byrd made three bogeys in 72 holes. Top that! His 27 birdies elevated him to 24-under through 72 holes, four shots clear of the runners-up. In addition to the champion, Stefani and 48 others officially received their 2017-18 PGA Tour membership cards. Matt Jones, Cameron Tringale and Tom Hoge joined Byrd and Stefani in solidifying tour status during this week’s competition.

Dunne hoists first European Tour trophy

Paul Dunne captured the attention of the golf world at St. Andrews in 2015. The then-amateur from Ireland led the entire tournament after 54 holes. Two years later, Dunne is a tour winner, zooming past Rory McIlroy at the British Masters for a 3-stroke win.

Dunne’s final-round 61 was brilliant; seven birdies and an eagle elevated him from second to first on day four. McIlroy might have imagined that his 63 was pretty nifty, until he saw Dunne’s magic. Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot no higher than 67 all week, but was unable to maintain a grasp on the lead he held after 54 holes, ultimately finishing in third spot, one back of McIlroy and four strokes out of the lead.

New Zealand Open marks Henderson’s fifth LPGA title

One of the missteps that journalists and fans make with prodigies is projection. We project all-time greatness onto them, and anything less than perfection or triumph is viewed as unacceptable. It’s our job to not make that mistake with Brooke Henderson. The young Canadian champion made a visit to Auckland last week and, despite a fourth-round delay, finished off her fifth tour win by five strokes.

Henderson trailed Belen Mozo of Spain at the beginning of round four, but the young Iberian went the wrong way on Sunday/Monday. Six bogeys and a double sent her spiraling to 78, dropping to a fifth-place tie with countrywoman Beatriz Recari and Su Oh of Korea. At the high end of the leaderboard, Henderson seized momentum with birdies on 3 of her first 5 holes. She closed with 69 in round four, with Jing Yan of China in second spot.

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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  1. Thomas A

    Oct 3, 2017 at 11:35 am

    My opinion; the World and European teams should play each other. And then take a year off between each tournament so matches are on every other year. It’s too diluted now with the USA playing every year.

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WRX Retrospective: Interesting photos from the 2019 Masters

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As of now, we know the 2020 Masters is going to have to wait until November. The tournament will be as exciting as it will be interesting since it will be the first modern glimpse into Augusta National beyond April.

It has also given us the great opportunity to look back with hindsight 20/20 (that was very much an unintended pun) at our pictures from 2019 to showcase some of the most noteworthy and interesting, including some potential foreshadowing of the week that was to come.

2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson isn’t one to change putters too often, but he must have been searching for something last year when testing out this TaylorMade Spider.

This was Viktor Hovland’s last Masters as an amateur. He won low amateur honors and went on to capture the same distinction at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

TaylorMade always does a wonderful job with major-themed accessories and bags. 2019 was no exception.

Little did we know at the time this was taken, this man would be leading heading into Sunday’s final round. How the tables turned so quickly.

Callaway’s collab with Seamus Golf lead to these flower-themed headcovers.

We can’t forget that Tuesday practice day was rained out and the course was closed at 10 a.m. to both players and spectators. It wasn’t the warm spring kickoff many had hoped for!

Although it was short-lived, it was a rainy Tuesday for all, including caddies.

The weather broke on Wednesday and the view up the 10th hole never gets old.

Did you realize two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s Flightscope has a custom pink paint job?

Inexpensive snacks and beverages are always a highlight of any Master’s visit.

The 2019 Masters featured pre-bulked Bryson, who also happened to have a custom FlightScope X3. He looks like a veritable stick!

They say a picture says 1,000 words, but in the case of Tiger Woods, we had no idea how many words would be written come Sunday.

A peek into the bag of Gary Woodland, who would go on to become the U.S. Open Champion only a few months later.

Special shoutout to Gary Woodland’s caddy Brennan Little, who hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and is obviously a big Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was also on the bag for Mike Wier’s win in 2003.

Although the relationship was short-lived, Sergio used some very cool custom Toulon putters while on staff with Callaway Golf.

The eighth green is one of the most interesting and mounded on the course, there’s not a bunker to be found but danger lurks everywhere.

Undulations at No. 1 are a sight to be seen at ground level.

The iconic, understated clubhouse of ANGC.

The tucked-away first tee spike cleaner is something every course should have.

And of course, the iconic 12th, where so much would be decided come Sunday.

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10 interesting photos from the 2020 Players Championship

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

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Bettinardi’s St. Patrick’s Day covers  

Brand-new Srixon 745 in Keegan’s bag

Roger Sloan’s custom Cameron

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons spotted in Nick Watney’s bag 

Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

Carlos Ortiz looks to be picking up some supplies to mark the end of his driveway…

Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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