Tiger Woods didn’t win a major in 2013, but his five wins including golf’s “fifth major,” The Players Championship, were enough for him to be voted the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year.
Woods played in 16 PGA Tour events in 2013, winning five tournaments: The Farmers Insurance Open, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. While his five wins were three more than any other player, the quality of Woods’ wins has been widely debated in recent weeks. He has won the Farmers Insurance Open seven times in his career, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational each eight times. Those three events accounts for nearly 30 percent of his 79 career PGA Tour wins.
Player of the Year nominee Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, broke through for his fifth-career major victory at a tournament that few experts expected him to ever win, the British Open. He did so after a heart-breaking sixth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open in June, where he finished two shots behind Justin Rose. Mickelson also won the week before the British Open at the Scottish Open, and while it doesn’t count as an official PGA Tour win, it marked his first win on European soil. And at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Mickelson recorded the second-lowest round of the year, a 60 in Round 1, in route to victory.
Also in the running for Player of the Year was Henrik Stenson, who like Mickelson had two PGA Tour wins in 2013. Both of Stenson’s wins came in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. He won the Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship to win the season-long FedEx Cup title and its $10 million bonus. But the Swede’s hot streak began well before the FedEx Cup. Since March, Stenson has had six other top-10 finishes: the Arnold Palmer Invitational (T8), the Shell Houston Open (2), The Players (T5), the British Open (2), the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (T2) and the PGA Championship (3).
It appears that it’s “all about the W,” as Woods like to say, when it comes to the Player of the Year award. With the exception of 2008, when Padraig Harrington won two major championships, the PGA Tour players who vote on the Player of the Year Award have selected the golfer with the most wins or tied for the most wins as Player of the Year every year since 1999.
Interesting photos from the AT&T Byron Nelson
GolfWRX was on site at a very wet TPC Craig for practice rounds ahead of the AT&T Byron Nelson, and we weren’t going to let the rain wash away the opportunity for interesting photos.
We have six general galleries for your viewing pleasure
- 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson – Tuesday #1
- 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson – Tuesday #2
- 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson – Tuesday #3
- 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson – Tuesday #4
- 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson – Wednesday #1
- 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson – Wednesday #2
…and a number of special of galleries as well.
- Cameron putters (including James Hahn’s T-12) – 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson
- Russell Knox testing an Axis 1 putter – 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson
- Cole Hammer – 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson
- Fitzpatrick’s and Kuchar’s Bettinardi putters – 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson
- Odyssey putters – 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson
- Rickie back to his old Cameron – 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson
- Tim Wilkinson testing lefthand Axis 1 – 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson
- Jhonny Vegas’ custom Cameron with LA Golf shaft – 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson
- Daniel Berger “testing” Titleist driver – 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson
We got a look at University of Texas Junior Cole Hammer’s sticks as he prepares to put a peg in the ground at the Byron Nelson on a sponsor’s exemption.
Equipment free agent Daniel Berger was seen testing a Titleist TS3 driver with a Fujikura Ventus Black shaft.
D.J. Trahan once again solidifies his status as the Tour’s biggest Deadhead.
Kevin Chappell’s Wilson Staff irons have taken on a lovely patina.
Tidy stamping on Jhonattan Vegas custom Cameron.
Also on the Cameron front: James Hahn’s T12 Prototype.
More putter photos: Matt Kuchar had two center-shafted Bettinardi blades built for testing. (More photos here)
Rickie Fowler has gone back to his Newport 2 with “Cameron” stamped in the cavity rather than “Rickie,” which is in his other wand. He’s also been back in a steel shaft in the putter for a while.
Russell Knox was spotted testing an Axis1 putter.
New to us, this Odyssey “Sir Makes-a-Lot” putter cover is clever.
Odyssey Tri-Hot insert sighting!
Michael Greller displays Jordan Spieth’s new 2021 Pro V1x balls. Did he stop in the pro shop to pick up a sleeve?
AT&T Byron Nelson Tour Truck Report: Details on Spieth’s ball change, Kuch’s new putters, more
There’s not a ton of tinkering going on at presently soggy TPC Craig Ranch where Monday was wet and Tuesday was a washout. With it being the week before a major championship and the heart of the season, most players are committed to dancing with the one that brought them and are only soliciting the tour trucks for spec checks and regripping.
Perhaps most interestingly this week, Jordan Spieth has switched from a previous generation of the Titleist Pro V1x into the current iteration of the golf ball (Exhibit A: The photos of Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller holding up the wares below).
Check out all our photos from the Byron Nelson!
Matt Kuchar continues his flatstick experimentation as he looks to find his form on the green. Bettinardi built him a couple of long-neck center-shafted blades to tinker with. Face-on view of one of the models below, and more photos here.
More of what’s up with major OEM staffers, below.
Sean O’Hair is testing a TSi2 (10 degree) driver and TSi2 (15 degree) fairway.
Per Titleist, Spieth offered this about his switch into the new Pro V1x
“I’m trying to optimize launch conditions through the bag. For me, the 2021 Pro V1x, I get more spin around the greens. It’s softer, spinnier around the greens with my short game shots. And then when I went up the bag, I started to get a little bit higher launch, but it didn’t add spin in the long clubs. It just added ball speed and launch. So it’s a little higher window, but it just looks like it’s screaming through the air. And then from the 7-iron on down, I didn’t see much difference in the full shots, just like I said more action around the greens.”
“I’m trying to just hit optimal windows and if I can gain – really, in my long clubs – just a little bit better peak height with a little bit faster ball speed, it actually helps fill my gaps a little bit easier. And then it’s just coming down – it has the potential to come down a little bit softer, which is obviously important. But I’m not seeing a massive difference through kind of that mid iron into short iron. And I still can hit each shot that I want to with the scoring clubs. So being able to tee off and all you do is change the ball and it’s actually in a similar window that’s going 3-4 yards further, that’s nice. And then when I get to the scoring range clubs, I feel like if anything, I just have the ability to hit an even softer shot if I want to. But the rest of them were all still there.”
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And while Titleist is mum on any further details, there is this…
There’s only one chance to make a first impression, and we’d say it went well.
@JordanSpieth and @WillZalatoris got a sneak peek at some new irons earlier this week and gave them a test spin. Their feedback… ?? pic.twitter.com/03npRpmsgy
— Titleist (@Titleist) May 12, 2021
Sam Burns had set of raw Apex MB irons built for testing.
Talor Gooch is testing a 15-degree Epic Speed Triple Diamond with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft.
Jamie Lovemark is testing a new Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS ([email protected] degrees) with an Oban HB Kiyoshi 05 shaft.
Wesley Bryant added a prototype full-face 58-08C (@59 degrees) MD5 wedge to his arsenal.
Beau Hossler switched into a SIM2 Max (12 degrees).
Daniel Berger (non-staffer) added a 15-degree SIM2 Max to his arsenal.
Making his pro debut, amateur Pierceson Coody had this combo set built: P790 (3), P7MC (4-6), P7MB (7-PW).
Non-staffer Rory Sabbatini added a SIM2 driver (9 degrees) and P7MC to his bag (5-PW).
Others, free agents
Rickie Fowler returned to the Scotty Cameron with “Cameron” rather than “Rickie” at the Wells Fargo Championship, but this is the first good look at the flatstick we’ve gotten since the switch.
Daniel Berger was spotted testing a Titleist TS3 with a Ventus Black shaft.
Russell Knox was spotted testing an Axis1 putter.
In a pretty wild story we’re looking for more information on, notorious gearhead Chris Baker is rumored to be putting a set of irons belonging to Cobra rep James Posey in play. Incidentally, Baker is also testing a Kali White shaft.
Free agent Dominic Bozzelli is testing a Titleist TSi3 driver (9 degrees).
James Hahn is reportedly testing a number of shafts: prototype Aldila in a fairway wood, and Mitsubishi MMT in a hybrid and long iron.
PXG staffer Danny Lee switched out of Project X 6.5 and into KBS Tour V 125 shafts (5-PW) and KBS TGI 110 in 3 and 4-iron.
Tom Lewis has moved back into KBS S Taper 125 in his full set. He was playing Nippon 125’s in his irons and a Fujikura Ventus Black 115 HB in his Srixon ZX5 3-iron.
Check out all our photos from the Byron Nelson!
Interesting photos from Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Championship
This week, the PGA Tour is at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Wells Fargo Championship. GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to spy a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers where the field is getting ready to play starting Thursday for the $8.1 million purse, with the winner going home with just over $1.45 million dollars and the important 500 FedEx Cup points.
Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.
New Ping irons and wedges spotted
It’s a big week at the Wells Fargo for Ping, with the official tour launch of the new i59 irons and Glide Forged Pro wedges. We are still seeking out the full tech, and potential release info, but you can join the discussion about the new gear in the GolfWRX forums: Ping i59 irons – 2021 Wells Fargo Championship
That’s one way to make a site line
Although he is still one of the better ball-strikers on tour, Lucas Glover’s difficulty with the putter has been well documented. We spotted him on the putting green at Quail Hollow making an improvised site line on his Scotty Cameron Newport 2. Those Sharpies are good for more than just signing autographs!
Very unique hosel on this Odyssey
This Odyssey widebody putter has its plumber’s neck hosel very close to the center of the topline to reduce toe hang and offer a one-of-a-kind view in the address position.
Bettinardi prototype high toe mallet
This Hexperimental Proto from the folks at Bettinardi looks like the milled steel lovechild of their Studio Stock 17 and a Queen Bee 11. It combines the high-toe look with a bumpered mallet.
Jason Day working with a new putter
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: the Bryson effect is real. This week, it looks like Jason Day has moved to a SIK putter paired with an LA Golf putter shaft after a very long run with a TaylorMade Spider.
Speaking of Jason Day and new gear…
The new SIK putter was seen in the bag with no backup in sight and a new wedge (under plastic). Super bonus points for the Augusta National pro shop (only for Members and guests) accessories bag Day is using—that’s serious golf drip.
Wyndham Clark PXG irons confirmed
After some speculation about their existence, we now have confirmation that the irons being used by Wyndham Clark are a yet-to-be-released PXG Gen 4 0311 ST (Super Tour) blade. You can see more pictures of the iron here: GolfWRX Forums In hand Gen4 0311 ST irons
Xander’s got a lot of headcovers in there
Xander Schauffele must be on the lookout for some new fairway woods, because he had five different options under headcovers on the range at Quail Hollow. Maybe he has a few of those Triple Diamond Epic Speeds under there? GolfWRX Spotted: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond fairway wood
Rickie working on a lot, including his tempo
Rickie had a lot going on at the range on Tuesday and one of the more interesting things of note was an iron shafted with a Fujikura MCI tempo trainer.
Dufner with new Cobra putter
The search for a putter seems to be nonstop for Jason Dufner at the moment and after some time with an oversized Cobra mallet, it looks like he has moved onto something a little smaller and with a bit more toe hang.
Smiling assassin Sungjae Im
If you were inside the top 25 on the FedEx Cup and playing as well as Sungjae is right now, you’d probably be smiling too.
Rafa is rolling one very nice Scotty Cameron
When it comes to Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, the “Timeless” Newport 2 style stands alone and Rafa’s custom looks really good from here.
You can check out all the pictures from Tuesday of the Wells Fargo in the links below
Jordan Spieth’s winning WITB 2021 Valero Texas Open
The 23 players who can win the Masters
Bryson leaves Vijay mesmerized in unmissable video from the Masters
Patty Tavatanakit’s winning WITB: 2021 ANA Inspiration
Dustin Johnson WITB 2021 Masters
Edel introduces moveable weight Swing Match wedges for 2021
Gary Player’s son ‘banned from the Masters’ for perceived guerrilla marketing
What did you do during lockdown? LPGA star provides the greatest answer ever
When Bryson lit up the Masters as an amateur (Masters 2016 WITB)
Equipment rewind: A deep dive into the Cleveland HiBore driver legacy
K.H. Lee WITB 2021 (May)
K.H. Lee WITB accurate as of the AT&T Byron Nelson. Driver: Callaway Epic Max LS (10.5 degrees @9) Shaft: Graphite...
Alex Noren WITB 2021 (May)
Equipment is accurate as of the 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson Driver: Callaway Epic Max LS (8.5 degrees @7) Shaft: Mitsubishi Ka’ili...
Sam Burns WITB 2021 (May)
Sam Burns’ equipment accurate as of the AT&T Byron Nelson. Burns has switched from a 58-degree wedge to a 60...
Wyndham Clark WITB 2021 (May)
Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto (10.5 degrees) Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana TB 60 X 3-wood: PXG 0341 X Gen4 Irons: PXG...
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