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A triumphant return: Mickelson takes the Claret Jug to Callaway HQ

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It began with a simple text message to Callaway CEO Chip Brewer…”Can I stop by?”

Shortly after, dressed in shorts and flip flops, 2013 Open Champion Phil Mickelson strolled into Callaway Golf’s headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., with the Claret Jug.

“I know there’s a lot of you,” Mickelson said on Twitter, “but I want everyone to hold the jug.”

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Mickelson’s visit to Callaway is a testament to the relationship that he has with the Callaway Golf family. He has been an endorser of the company since his switch from Titleist in 2004, and has won four of his five majors championships using Callaway’s product.

He’s highly involved in their R&D process, which is evident with two of Callaway’s latest products — the X Hot 3Deep fairway woods, which were created with him in mind, as well as the Callaway Mack Daddy 2 wedges, which are offered with a “U Grind” on the sole that Mickelson helped create.

When Mickelson wins, he is very vocal about his trust in Callaway’s equipment, and his positive feeling about the company as a whole.

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Mickelson with Callaway CEO Chip Brewer at Callaway Golf HQ on July 24.

In an interview after he re-upped his endorsement contract with Callaway in 2009, Mickelson said:

“I can’t imagine playing this game without Callaway management’s support behind me and Callaway’s equipment in my bag,” said Mickelson. “Both have contributed to my success and I’m planning on their support throughout the rest of my professional career.”

Like a lot of golf fans, I’ve rooted hard for Lefty throughout the years. Moments like this make me proud to be a Mickelson fan, and I’m sure hundreds of Callaway employees feel the same way right now.

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  1. Sean

    Jul 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Class move by Phil.

  2. yo!

    Jul 27, 2013 at 11:07 am

    phil and tiger ….2 guys i enjoy watching on the course

  3. Simone oche

    Jul 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    As the Aussies say -good on ye. Classy move keep it up Phil. Good luck at the PGA. Pinehurst 2014 is your destiny.

  4. G

    Jul 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Phil is da man. A real man. So proud.

  5. Rick

    Jul 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Phil you are what a true champ should be!!!! “you are way above the rest”

  6. Martin

    Jul 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Everytime I read a story about Phil, he does something to make me smile.

  7. Scott Rose

    Jul 26, 2013 at 1:49 am

    First, I’m an avid supporter of Phil.. He get’s it. He’s the next Arnie…any doubters need to check it. PM versus the rest of the field when it comes to winning and promoting the game of golf with class and dignity: there is no comparison. Well done Phil, and thank you.

  8. Patrick

    Jul 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Product loyalty, family loyalty, caddie loyalty. True hall of famer

  9. Todd

    Jul 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Pure class. Way to go, Phil!

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Photos from the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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GolfWRX is live this week from the Monterey Peninsula in Pebble Beach, California, for the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the most scenic and celebrity-filled event on the PGA Tour.

Pebble Beach Golf Links sits atop cliffs that overlook Carmel Bay, producing both breathtaking views and an imposing threat. The multi-course event is also played on Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course.

A unique inclusion in this week’s photos: celebrity WITBs from a few of the amateurs in the field (including Darius Rucker, SchoolboyQ, and Macklemore). We also have a number of WITBs from the professional contingent and a look at Buffalo Bills’ QB Josh Allen’s sticks. Also: A look at some iconic Arnold Palmer clubs (pictured in the featured image).

Check out links to all our photos below, and when you’re done, join the discussion in the forums.

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Photos from the 2023 American Express

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The PGA Tour is back in the continental United States for the first time in 2023, and GolfWRX is back inside the ropes to show you what the pros are playing!

The American Express at PGA West in La Quinta, California, is the backdrop for the first event of the PGA Tour’s West Coast Swing. We have four general galleries, 11 WITBs — including Rickie Fowler and Sam Burns — and a bevy of special galleries this week, with custom putters aplenty.

Check out links to all our galleries, below!

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Wedge Stamping Caviar: Have More Fun Edition

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Pop open a tin of the finest beluga, GolfWRXers… In all seriousness, it’s less jelly-like substance, more richness of intrigue than salt-cured roe at Wedge Stamping Caviar as we present to you some of the finest instances of hammer-and-stamp work on the PGA Tour.

In this initial serving, we’re mining photos from October and November at PGA Tour stops, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the Cadence Bank Houston Open, and the RSM Classic.

So grab your mother-of-pearl spoon and dig in — with restraint, please.

The traditional K.I.S.S. stamping on a BV proto: first and last initial, demonstrated here by Andrew Landry. Bonus points for the bounce angle (8) stamp.

When your last name is something imposing/interesting, you’re definitely stamping it on your wedge as Cole Hammer has done here in a “University of Texas” colorway.

Simple, perfect stamping for Xuewen Luo. 

Patrick Cantlay is still rolling with a SM7. Ultimate K.I.S.S. to stick with a previous generation wedge with stamped initials. Bent loft (47 degrees) is a classy touch. 

Excellent #perspective on Kevin Roy’s 54-degree Vokey.

Anytime a custom grind wears off the loft number, it’s caviar. Lovely patina on Woodland’s Wilson, too. 

Another favorite motif: Tiny initials pattern (as demonstrated by Palmer Jackson). 

The Webb Simpson traditional. Maybe the longest-serving stamping on Tour. 

Not a stamping on Akshay Bhatia’s Jaws Raw, but we’ll serve it up anyway for reasons immediately discernible to the seasoned palate. 

 

 

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