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Tiger Woods fires second-round 76, will miss Genesis Open cut

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Tiger Woods’ trip to Los Angeles is over sooner than he’d hoped. Woods fired a 5-over 76 during the second round of the Genesis Open to miss the presumed cut at Riviera by four strokes (the second round won’t be completed until Saturday morning due to darkness).

Hopes were high Woods would continue to build on a T-23 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as the driving woes that plagued him at Torrey Pines followed him to the Riv, despite changing shafts in his TaylorMade M3.

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Wayward off the tee, Woods made eight bogeys Friday, unable to grind out a decent score as he did with his opening-round 1-over 72. He was unable to rely on his putter the way did in this first round, three-putting back-to-back holes (No. 11 and 12). A stretch of three straight bogeys sunk Woods’ hopes of hanging around for the weekend.

(c/o PGATour.com)

We won’t have to wait long to see the Big Cat back in action, however, as Woods committed to next week’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Woods most recently put a peg in the ground at the course in 2014, where he ultimately withdrew due to back spasms.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner hasn’t teed it in back-to-back weeks since 2015, so while fans may not be encouraged by his play, at least he continues to be free from any issues with his surgically repaired back.

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  1. Joro

    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Lets have a moment of silence for Mr Woods, he needs it. The Golf Channel is devastated, Kelly is thinking suicide, and the Schnoz Rich Lerner can’t even function.

    The former best in the World has become inadequate, but he had his day. He is leaving a legacy though of deflowering Waitrese and Concierges around the world, too bad.

  2. Notah Bengay

    Feb 18, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I would rather watch paint dry than this old wannabe. I heard he is quite the ladies man though!

  3. Andrew

    Feb 17, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Perhaps it’s time for Tiger to call Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Kenny Perry, and Fred Couples to ask them how to be competitive on the regular tour past 50.

  4. BeardedClam

    Feb 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t get it. What is so appealing about watching a guy miss fairways, pull irons and miss easy putts? He was a nice player in his time but his time is now over. Tiger is not relevant anymore. There is a new generation of players that are exciting to watch.

  5. Chuckster

    Feb 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Johnny and Fred!!! Thank you, thank you!! Some of these guys can’t let it GO!! DUDE IS DONE! Next thing you know they’ll be clambering for the The Golden Bear’s return to da Senior…..errrrrrr….Champions Tour and crying their eyes out because he can’t make a cut!!! Eldrick….thank you for invading my privacy with your off the course nonsense! I need my privacy to deal with all these WRX Eldrick die nevers!!

  6. Steve Sands

    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Sadly Taylor Made pays to put their latest gimic drivers into these guys hands and they suffer with accuracy. Ted Potter was straight and accurate and smoked DJ, Rory and Day last week despite being 50 yards behind them.

    This week you have Patrick Cantlay an average hitter and Ryan Moore with higher spinning drivers leading on a very long course.

    If he went to a Cally, Titleist or Ping higher spinning drivers he would be much more accurate.

  7. Tartan Golf Travel

    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

    The good news is he appears healthy for now. The bad news is he is not even close to being competitive against these young studs on tour. It is not more reps unfortunately. His swing is flawed. It’s causing a 2 way miss. It might be the swing he has to do to protect his back. To his credit probably only he and Phil could shoot those scores with that swing!

  8. Scarface

    Feb 17, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I’d much rather watch Langer than sicko Eldrick

  9. Paolo

    Feb 17, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Tiger is too talented not to win again . Taylormade should make him a zero iron as a driver replacement . Tiger is amongst the best long iron players of all time .

    • The dude

      Feb 17, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Was the best long iron player….

    • Johnny q. Weer

      Feb 17, 2018 at 10:44 am

      Paolo,
      Zero iron = Zero fairways. The guy is done.

  10. Shearlom

    Feb 17, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Still holding out for Tiger, one thing I learned from being there today, why would anyone pay $500 or more for a driver, I watched a lot of the best players in the world missing fairway after fairway using the newest drivers money can buy. If the best players in the world cannot find a fairway with the best drivers (and you can be sure an expert is setting them up not a guy form Dicks) why do we think a driver is going to fit us or be better then the one already in the bag????

  11. FredAlbers

    Feb 17, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Get a grip folks he is done. I like watching the young guys who can actually hit a fairway and make a putt.

  12. Gerry Mandering

    Feb 16, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Hey Gerald, have fun sniffing Tiger’s jock strap!

  13. Gerald Teigrob

    Feb 16, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    That course looked brutal! I likely would be walking away with a 120 easily. And I am a 90s shooter. Putting and hitting out of the rough humble us all unless we are too proud to admit it!

    • The dude

      Feb 17, 2018 at 7:57 am

      Speak for yourself…..and 90 shooters should not be posting on GWX…..:)

  14. Gerald Teigrob

    Feb 16, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Agreed Dat! Sadly the comment poster above yours has no clue…they need to stop sniffing glue. Don’t tell us we are too old and banged up…prove it with your golf game…go hard or go home!

  15. Chuckster

    Feb 16, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Yeah right, more reps’ll do it!! Please…..go tell that to Steve Lowry, Ben Curtis, Vijay Sling, John Huston, and Brad Faxon! When your golf clock is done, u’r DONE!! His high level days are OVA! And then the Tour tries to sugar coat the TV exposure by forcing him into a JT and Rory tee time! Not happening. Lets’s focus on the other kids coming up, dude has his due. NEXT!!!

    • Gerald Teigrob

      Feb 16, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Back atcha! Maybe you should take your own advice! I guess you don’t want me watching the PGA this weekend…good for you…I have better things to do that won’t put me to sleep watching Rory or others…yawn!

  16. dat

    Feb 16, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Just needs to add some more stops to the schedule. You have to play at a high level often to have a shot at doing well.

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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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Special Galleries

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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Inside look: Callaway Jaws MD5 wedges on tour…6 months after launch

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Callaway Jaws MD5 wedges hit professional golf tours months ago. We reported on the launch extensively (see our videos later in the article) with deep coverage on the PGA Tour and at retail. As with any new offering, and especially for the gearheads on GolfWRX, it’s the tour chatter that drives us. What the pros do, play, and think is always a driving force.

However…

Personally, I have always been fascinated by the aftermath of a launch. What are the reactions and tweaks that are made once the shine has worn off?  It’s not uncommon for players to need to warm up to a new product before it ultimately finds its way into the bag permanently.

When Jaws hit the scene, it integrated quite quickly, and that is saying a lot. The MD4 was a very successful wedge line on tour and at retail. It was a huge initial launch and one Callaway was happy with as a solid portion of its staff put Jaws in play straight away.

In my conversations with tour staff and techs, spin and lower ball flight has been a recurring theme. In the case of the Tour, being able to flight a wedge down and not have it float, while maintaining maximum spin, is a weapon. Imagine being at Honda last week and knowing you can hit a knee-high fastball with a 58-degree wedge and trust the ball will stay down, not skip, and will stop dead in its tracks. On tour, its the speed of the stop that is valuable, not ripping it backward—that is typically only fun for TV. Golf these days is more like darts and less like billiards.

As to be expected, the grinds on all Callaway wedges are tour favorites. It’s pretty simple to fall in love with something that comes ought of the mind of Roger Cleveland, who has been the driving force in putting Callaway consistently at the No. 2 most-played wedge on Tour.

But how has the MD5  really done thus far?

Let’s be clear, most guys don’t make switches late-summer or fall (when MD5 was launched on tour). The season is too far down the river and the coming winter gives them quiet time to really test. Also, when you work through the California swing, a good portion of the higher-ranked staff only poke their heads out once or twice. This doesn’t mean the guys on the truck aren’t building new products, but a good portion of it is for winter testing, emergency backups, etc.

But now we hit the Florida swing. The Masters is a month away. The world’s best start to show up consistently, the playing surfaces change from the West Coast to the East Coast, and all of these guys are in full attack mode. Any real testing or guesswork is pretty much done, and it’s time to get going. This is the time when you can actually see if a product has staying power.

The question is since Jaws hit the scene, what have the pros learned, what adjustments have been made to dial them in, and ultimately, is this wedge line a success? I wanted to tackle this question from two different perspectives: from the reps on tour and two young staff players that have them in play.

In this case, there is the guy on the Callaway tour trailer who is in charge of wedges, Simon Wood, and young tour staffers Akshay Bhatia and Min Woo Lee.

Three unique perspectives—and also perspectives that give us an honest look at the performance and popularity of a “new” wedge on Tour.

I talk with Simon Wood quite a bit. He’s a good as they get in this category, having worked for years in Europe and on the U.S. tour. His knowledge is extensive and even more importantly, he is ridiculously honest. If the product is solid and he believes in it, he will tell you. If he goes quiet, there’s that too.

I caught up with him on a day off and this was the update he gave:

Wunder: It seems MD5 came out of the gates quickly and never really slowed down, are you surprised at the response?

Wood: Not at all. Truth is, these players are very particular about what makes it in or out of the bag. A new club has to do something better than the old one and do all the things they liked about the old one. The Jaws really spins. This is a unique groove system, and I’ve noticed the players like it for two main reasons 1) They can keep the trajectory down on the high lofts 2) they can be a bit more aggressive because of the amount of spin these wedges offer. Out on tour that’s a big deal.

Wunder: What percentage of staff (25+players on U.S. Tours) are in the MD5 across the board?

Wood: I’d say close to 50 percent, which is a good number considering how many good options are out there.

Wunder: Now that we are in the Florida swing, are you having to do anything special to adjust to the new grass and conditions?

Wood: No its the opposite actually. I think with the grooves being as good as they are and the number of options we have grind wise, we on the truck are doing less tweaking and grinding to wedges. That’s a sign one the R&D team did a great job with this design and two that our players trust our product enough to let their creativity take over.

Wunder: Any surprise grinds that are popping up more often?

Wood: It’s not a surprise because we knew it was good, but the low bounce W has been a hit thus far. Lots of guys testing and gaming that one.

I then went on to chat with Callaway staffers Min Woo Lee (winning WITB, podcast link below) and Akshay Bhatia on their experience with Jaws. This perspective was interesting because Akshay is young, he’s fighting for a place to play this summer, and he’s still learning the nuances of playing as a professional. Min just recently won in Australia and has enough time under his belt now to understand a real asset over something he’s still trying to make work.

Point is: pressure is high on both of these kids, and the last thing either wants to struggle with is their wedges.

Wunder: You were an early adopter of the MD5 last fall, have you noticed any significant improvement over your previous gamers?

Bhatia: Trust is the biggest one. I love the shape of these wedges and just knowing that Roger and Phil have an influence on the wedges you are playing gives me so much confidence. From a performance standpoint, I like the variety in grinds the MD5 offers. Anywhere I play I have an option, whether it be X in soft conditions or C for the firmer turf.

Wunder: With the aggressive grooves of the MD5, what shots have you gained that you didn’t have before?

Bhatia: Definitely the off-speed/three-quarter shots with some spin. These wedges really keep the ball down and it’s a bonus when I know I can take something off of a shot and the ball will stay down and hold its line into the wind.

Wunder: And your current set up is?

Bhatia: Currently, I’m in the Jaws MD5 50S, 54S bent to 55, and the 60C or X depending on the conditions (KBS $Taper 130X shafts in black with Iomic grips) with some heel and toe relief in the X. I also like to mess around wit the PM Grind 60 if I’m looking for a different look.

Young Callaway staffer Min Woo Lee, who recently triumphed at the European Tour’s Vic Open, has this to say

Wunder: What ball flight differences do you see in Jaws over the past wedge set?

MWL: Overall the same. I like to pick my trajectory. So if I didn’t like it,  I wouldn’t have put it in my bag…need to have every shot at my disposal.

Wunder: Do you do any extra grinding to your S?

MWL: Just in the 60, there is a little leading edge relief ground in. Prevents it from digging and gives me a bit more ability to be aggressive into it.

Wunder: Are there any other grinds you tried?

MWL: I tried the low bounce W and really liked, but the S grind has been my go-to for a long time, I know how to play with that one.

Wunder: As far as full shot turf interaction, why do you prefer the S?

MWL: The S is always what I’ve been into looks-wise, nothing else really caught my eye like that grind did. I do pretty good chipping around with it around the greens and we have some history so why mess with a good thing.

Overall, I think the MD5 wedge line has been a success on tour. Let’s be honest, wedges arent drivers, but identifying a popular line over another is quite interesting. These guys can get a TV remote ground into something useable, so when there is a shift across the staff to a new model, it validates that the ideas in it are sound and the wedge performs like it says it will. For larger tour staffs like Callaway has, operating a 50 percent clip for full line use is a really solid number.

Let’s be clear here, Callaway hasn’t made a bad wedge…like ever. From X Forged to the MD line and now into Jaws, Roger and the team know what they are doing. In my experience with these wedges, I will say that the grooves are ridiculously aggressive, and as Bhatia mentioned, there is a grind to satisfy any conditions.

Do most OEMs make solid wedges? The answer is of course they do; they all do. But the advantage that Callaway has over the rest in this category is Roger Cleveland. Having the man who inspired some of the most iconic wedge shapes ever coupled with a superb R&D team yields a combination that will deliver quality and performance time after time.

Here are some pics from the forums of MD5 out on tour now.

Akshay BhatiaFrancesco Molinari
Brendan GraceIsaiah SalindaJ.J. SpaunAlex Noren
Chun An YunHenrik Stenson Matt Wallace 

Si Woo Kim

Check out the videos below to see me and one of our forum members put Jaws MD5 to the test!

 

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