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Rory McIlroy’s Winning WITB: 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational

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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

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  1. Dave r

    Mar 20, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Who won oh Rory . Thought it was mr smiles by all the coverage he got. Oh ya tiger is back not.

  2. Ryan

    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Wasn’t he playing a 790 2 iron, and not a 5 wood?

    • RG

      Mar 21, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      I followed him from 9 on and your right. He had the iron not the 5 wood. Dont know how to post photos here but i got some really good pics of his bag.

  3. Jack Nash

    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Noticed during GC’s telecast, all they could talk about was Tigers CH speed. He finished 6th in driving for the Tourney. Guess the 5 above him had better speed GC?

  4. joseph dreitler

    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    One of the best rounds of golf I have ever seen in my 67 years. Amazing turnaround on his putting in 1 week.
    I have to also say that when the head of Taylor Made talks about how he thinks it would be awful to roll back the ball that Tour pros use, did anyone ask him if the average person going into Golf Galaxy could order and receive that EXACT set of clubs that Rory used? We know that the answer is “no you cannot” (whether you could hit them is a different question). So if I cannot buy the 14 clubs that Rory (or Tiger or Jason or Dustin) uses, why do I care about playing a TaylorMade ball that is different from his that says TaylorMade on it? Just curious.

    • Robert Parsons

      Mar 19, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Does Rory not play the TP5x as listed above? Is he playing a special ball stamped TM? If so, what is it? I have no idea.

    • Spitfisher

      Mar 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Wrong, all those shafts and heads are availble including the irons and wedges……not sure what your point we either.

      • joseph dreitler

        Mar 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm

        Please. To suggest that you can buy the same equipment that Tour Pro plays strains credulity. Not buying it. Your Only means what?

      • RG

        Mar 21, 2018 at 9:42 pm

        His point is that pros often play 1 off or custom clubs and shafts that are not available to the public. this belies the question that if a pro can get clubs and put them into play that are not available to the public (Stenson’s Legacy irons) what’s the big deal about the golf ball being exactly the same/

  5. Zach

    Mar 19, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Real curious how he has those wedges bent. I’m guessing 58 to 57? Maybe keep 60 as is?

  6. joe

    Mar 19, 2018 at 10:46 am

    One of the sickest rounds of golf I’ve seen in a long time. Absolutely unreal!
    That drive he hit on the back nine right past the traps, same one Tiger yanked his drive left was amazing. I’m a Tiger fan, but Tiger can’t compete w/ this Rory man-beast, Tiger went from 1 shot back to 8 shots back in a matter of about one hour.

    • Chris Howard

      Mar 19, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Even if Tiger didnt go OB on the 13th and say got a birdie there… he still loses because Rory went -8…lol… All Tiger did was lose second place to finish T-5…. Tiger was on pace to shoot possible 65-66 and he would have lost by 4 strokes…lol

      • Glen

        Apr 3, 2018 at 4:30 am

        You don’t know that. Tiger making a birdie there and making a real charge child have affected Rory’s game. Golf is a billion variable scenario.

        Having said that, I’m a Tiger fan, but when Rory is on, I think he is untouchable buy any current golfer!!

  7. larry

    Mar 19, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Too bad he’s using junk equipment.

  8. Benny

    Mar 19, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Only 13 clubs in the bag? Usually when he drops a wedge he adds a 3i. Suspect WRX didn’t get a pic of a new puter. Bummer.

  9. Foo

    Mar 19, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Fooking awesome bag

  10. Joe

    Mar 19, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Congratulations Rory! Was hard to find a news story that actually talked about who won the Tournament. Amazing 64, that was one of the best and most under-reported final rounds in recent memory.

  11. Henry

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Any pics of the new putter anywhere?

    • Tad Hamilton

      Mar 18, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      Look up Taylor Made Daytona Rossa, his putter came out in 2002.

      You deserve all the credit for that round. Good playing today Laddie!

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Viral star, Hosung Choi, set for second start on the PGA Tour

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Hosung Choi, the man who has become a viral internet star due to his unique golf swing, made his PGA Tour debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year, and the South Korean is set to make his second start this summer, after accepting a sponsors exemption to play the John Deere Classic.

Choi missed the cut on his debut at Pebble Beach, firing rounds of 72-75-77 while playing alongside the likes of Jerry Kelly and Aaron Rodgers.

The 45-year-old won the 2018 Casio World Open at the back end of last year but has been quiet on the golf course in 2019. Besides his missed cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach, Choi has only made two other appearances, missing the cut at the Kenya Open and finishing T12 at the Singapore Open.

Those who have bought tickets for this year’s John Deere Classic in July can look forward to all of Choi’s beautiful eccentricities.

 

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Morning 9: Nelly! | Ogilvy on Rules changes | Phelps on watching Tiger | Nantz: “Best event I’ve covered”

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

April 18, 2019

Good Thursday morning, golf fans.
1. Meanwhile, on the LPGA Tour…
…some actual golf action, to begin…
AP Report on round one of the Lotte Championship…
  • “Nelly Korda took advantage when Hawaii’s tough trade winds took a break.”
  • Korda rolled in the last of her nine birdies at the 18th in a bogey-free round of 63 Wednesday for a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club.
  • “I got here Saturday and I swear I couldn’t even walk because it was so windy,” said Korda, who is making her Lotte debut. “But I like the place. Everyone is really friendly and it just feels good to be here.”

Full piece.

2. Ogilvy on Rules changes
…the always interesting, abundantly informed Australian sounds off…
Writing for Golf Australia…
  • All of which brought me immediately back to the notion that the idea of simplifying rules almost automatically makes them more complicated. That it is what almost always happens when a committee decides something. I actually have some experience in that area, when I was on the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council…”
  • “…There were so many contingencies because a committee was involved. And it seems to me the same thing has happened with this ball-dropping thing. Nobody in the world now knows how to drop the ball properly. So we have a more complex situation than we had on December 31, 2018.”
  • “But it should be so simple. All we have to do is make it easy for a player to get the ball from hand to ground so that the game can continue. It’s that straightforward. But now we have a situation where you have to stand a certain way – you can’t bend your knees – and you have to drop from this exact height; not too low or high. The simplest thing in the world is now complicated.”
Also notable: this statement...”I have to think 99 percent of golfers have never consulted the rulebook on that one and things have been fine as far as I can see. This is really just a pro golf issue. So what is the point in foisting it on everyone?”
3. Phelps on watching Tiger
…how one GOAT got in prime position to watch another…
Tyler Lauletta at Business Insider…
  • On Wednesday, Phelps spoke with NBC Sports about how he wound up at the Masters in the first place, explaining that it had always been a dream of his to attend the tournament, and him being there for Woods’ big comeback win was more luck than anything.
  • “A mutual friend is a member,” Phelps said, explaining how he got his invite to one of the most difficult tickets in sports. “A buddy of mine called me Monday before the Masters. ‘I have a ticket? Do you want to go? I have a plane. Do you want to go?’ I was like, awesome, I’m going to the Masters for the first time.”
  • “As to how Phelps fell into front row seats to watch Woods tee off at No. 16, he says it came down to a helpful strangers that got to the tournament early on Sunday.”
  • “We started walking around the course and ran into a couple of nice people who had gotten to the gate early, at 3:30 a.m,” Phelps said. “They said, if you ever want to come back and sit on 16 with us, we have a couple of chairs. We got lucky, met a super nice guy working there that had some seats set up in some primo spots that we just had some pretty amazing access to.”
4. Even Stevie watched!
…tuning in for his former boss…
TVNZ report…
  • “Writing for Australian outlet the Player’s Voice, Williams says he now concentrated on playing golf rather than watching – until Monday morning earlier this week.”
  • “…I try to keep up with the news and will read about golf – but I just don’t watch it. Ever.
  • “Except for last Monday.”
  • “Fourteen years! It’s almost impossible to believe. And it had been 11 years since his last major – the US Open at Torrey Pines – which he had no right to win thanks to his torn cruciate ligament and fractured tibia.
  • “But that’s Tiger Woods – he does things no-one else could dream of doing.”

 

5. OWGR points for the Tour Championship
…two sets of books…
Doug Ferguson writes...”The PGA Tour will continue to keep a traditional score, even if it won’t be published, so that world ranking points can be awarded.”
  • “The Official World Golf Ranking board met last week at the Masters and approved a PGA Tour proposal that awards full ranking points based on where players would have finished without the staggered start.”
  • “The No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup starts the tournament at 10 under, with the No. 2 seed at 8 under, and then 7 under, 6 under and 5 under. The next five players start at 4 under, all the way down until Nos. 26 through 30 begin at even par.”
6. “Best event I’ve ever covered”
…says Jim Nantz regarding the 2019 Masters…
The Washington Post’s Ben Strauss quoting Nantz…
  • “I’ve done 34 Final Fours, had Super Bowls, Peyton [Manning’s] farewell. It’s been 48 hours since it ended, and I’d say it’s going to feel about the same 10 years from now,” said Nantz, who has already called this year’s Super Bowl and Final Four in addition to the Masters since February. “It’s the best event I’ve ever covered. And I feel very fortunate to have been in that spot.”
7. DeChambeau’s grip change
…much lighter, but still Jumbo…
Andrew Tursky at PGATour.com on the pre-Masters overhaul…
  • “After a 14-hour range session in Dallas the week before the Masters, Dechambeau made a 75-gram reduction in his oversized JumboMax grip weights in his Cobra clubs. His new grips, made from a different lightweight compound, now measure just more than 50 grams, considered to be a “normal” weight by industry standards, despite their relatively massive size. He also changed from True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shafts – extremely heavy and stiff iron shafts – to Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts, which flex more than his previous gamer shafts.”
  • “Ever since he came on TOUR, DeChambeau used JumboMax grips on his clubs that measured about 125 grams per grip. He now works on his equipment with Cobra’s TOUR Operations Manager Ben Schomin, who says Dechambeau has improved his wedge play since first coming out on TOUR, but lately DeChambeau had struggled to find consistency with the flight of his wedges. The main issues were that spin was inconsistent and they tended to fly too high. For his part, Schomin built him wedges that used weld beads on the heel to help with face closure. While Schomin says it helped, DeChambeau — currently T105 in Strokes Gained: Around the Greens — wasn’t satisfied with his wedge play.”
  • “Schomin and DeChambeau, chasing consistency with the wedges, decided to begin testing different variables. As it turned out, DeChambeau liked the feel of a 50-gram grip, versus his old 125-gram grips, and the new build allowed DeChambeau to flight the wedges lower, and gain spin and launch consistency.”
8. An interesting note on Masters coverage
…how did Molinari set himself up for his water-destined third shot at the 15th?…
Golf Digest’s Alex Myers…
  • “Thanks as always to ClassicTVsports.com for charting all the shots televised during the final round of a major. The site confirmed what I believed to be true while being in and out of the Augusta National media center on Sunday: Molinari’s second shot on No. 15 never made it on TV.”
  • “Even after his disastrous double bogey on No. 12, Molinari arrived at the Augusta’s final par 5 tied for the lead with Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, and Xander Schauffele. So why wasn’t his second shot shown? Well, it was just a layup after a poor drive, but that punchout from the right pine straw proved to be pivotal. It wound up running through the fairway and into the left rough. It should be noted you can see the shot on the Masters digital platforms, which, remarkably, attempted to show every shot from the tournament.”
  • “Although Molinari only had 79 yards for his third, which was shown live, his angle was so extreme that his golf ball caught a pine tree and dropped into the pond guarding the green. A surprised Molinari, who had just one bogey through the first 60 holes of the tournament, never recovered from his second double bogey in four holes. Meanwhile, Woods hit two great shots on the hole to find the green. And two putts later he had the solo lead for the first time all week, a lead he would not relinquish.”
9. Ho Sung mania is coming to the John Deere Classic
…the fisherman’s swing returneth to the PGA Tour…
The tournament announced Chou has been handed a sponsors exemption to the July tournament.
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Tornados brewing in the Georgia area meant an earlier start than usual for the final round of the Masters, and one CBS46 meteorologist was to receive death threats for interrupting coverage of the event to update residents in the area of the conditions.

Ella Dorsey took to Twitter on Sunday to report not just the vile abuse she was receiving, but also the importance of the work she was doing which cut into local Masters coverage.

Per The Weather Channel who spoke to local experts, who while being prepared for the backlash in interrupting the coverage to warn residents, were stunned by the level of abuse of some. On the subject, station news director Steve Doerr said

“The venom around this was insane, even by social media standards.”

CBS released its viewing figures for Sunday’s morning round, with an average of 10.8 million viewers tuning in to watch Tiger Woods claim his fifth green jacket. That total bested the 8.56 million number, according to Nielsen data, from the 2000 Open Championship which previously held the morning record.

According to CBS, the broadcasts viewership peaked between 2.15 and 2.30 ET with 18.3 million tuning in.

 

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