Jordan Spieth turns hypotheses into fact at the Tour Championship
Although Jason Day suggested that Jordan Spieth was player of the year, no matter what transpired in Atlanta, the Texan took care of business (and Henrik Stenson) the way he did all year: perfectly timed putts of distance that staked a sliver of wood into the heart of his closest pursuer. In the champion’s mind (and words) the difference-maker came on the 11th hole:
[quote_box_center]He hits it close on the next hole and I have a possible 3-putt. Could have very easily walked out of that hole tied for the lead. So to walk out two strokes up and to be able to kind of par in from there, that was definitely the key moment. I think 9 started to move that direction, 10 gave a little hope back, and 11 shut the door.[/quote_box_center]
By winning the Tour Championship and the FedExCup, Spieth made $11.48 million this week, and capped off the most fruitful year ever on the PGA Tour by winning $22 million in 2015. Um, whoa.
But now it’s on to 2015-16 and a basket of questions to answer: Can Jordan top this? Can Rickie and Rory rebound? Can Dustin figure “it” out? What’s the deal with Tiger? Stay tuned. Take a break for some football, but get ready for real come January.
Loupe laps field at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
Andrew Loupe hankered to return to the PGA Tour. After experimenting with a driver-less bag during the first two Web.Com Tour Finals events, Loupe’s big stick reclaimed its place in his bag in Columbus. Averaging 319 measured yards off the tee over the four rounds, Loupe played well enough to overtake third-round leader Roberto Castro (+4 on Sunday) and win the $180,000 first prize and a place on the PGA Tour for the 2015-16 season. Loupe’s take on his attitude for the week was refreshing and unique:
I knew what I had on the line. Just kept telling myself to take it on this week. Embrace it and take it on, that was kind of our motto all week.
What made the victory better was its arrival on his father’s birthday. Loupe senior had successfully battled cancer a few years back and Loupe junior was well aware of who was at stake during that health scare:
He’s such a cool dude. He’s so genuine, loyal, kindhearted. He’s a caretaker. Introduced me to the game. He’s a man. You know what I mean? He’s a great dude, and I’m so glad that he was able to see this.
Esteban Toledo claims Nature Valley First Tee Open
The NVFTO on the Champions Tour was shaping up to be a battle of the 1970s (Tom Watson) versus the 2000s (Vijay Singh), but along came Esteban Toledo — a former boxer — who survived a 71st-hole bogey to edge Watson by one, securing his third Champions Tour victory.
The prince of Thailand would surely rather put the exclamation point after “Euro Tour victory number seven” than “oldest winner of European Open,” but Jaidee’s come-from-behind win over Graeme Storm is his first triumph of 2015 and positions him splendidly for the upcoming Final Series. Storm was at Jaidee’s heels until a 71st-hole bogey separated the two by the final margin.
Alexandre Rocha brings national title home
It seems that every other year, a Canadian golfer comes within an eyelash of winning his national title on the PGA Tour. Team Canada needs to hire Alexandre Rocha as a consultant. This weekend, Rocha gamely took on an entire field, then posted seven consecutive “4s” in a marathon playoff to win the Aberto do Brasil on PGA Tour Latinoamerica. Rocha was flawless on Sunday, with four birdies against zero bogeys, first eliminating Kent Bulle on hole two of the extra session, then outlasting Keith Mitchell five holes later.
Wedge Stamping Caviar: Have More Fun Edition
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.
Photos from the 2022 RSM Classic
GolfWRX was live this week from the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, for the last event of the 2022 calendar year.
We have: Eight general galleries. 12 WITBs — including some lefty love for Akshay Bhatia — and a ton of putters for your perusal.
Check out links to all our photos below!
- 2022 RSM Classic – Monday #1
- 2022 RSM Classic – Monday #2
- 2022 RSM Classic – Monday #3
- 2022 RSM Classic – Tuesday #1
- 2022 RSM Classic – Tuesday #2
- 2022 RSM Classic – Tuesday #3
- 2022 RSM Classic – Wednesday #1
- 2022 RSM Classic – Wednesday #2
- Matt Wallace – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Erik Barnes – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Spencer Ralston – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Palmer Jackson – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Scott Harrington – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Kyle Westmoreland – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Conner Godsey – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Webb Simpson – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Akshay Bhatia – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Tim Weinhart – GA PGA Section Champ – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Bryson Nimmer – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Jon Lester – WITB – 2022 RSM Classic
- Nick Hardy’s custom Swag putter – 2022 RSM Classic
- Odyssey/Toulon putters – 2022 RSM Classic
- Kevin Roy’s custom Cameron putter – 2022 RSM Classic
- Keith Mitchell’s custom Cameron putters – 2022 RSM Classic
- Richy Werenski – new 2023 FootJoy HyperFlex shoes – 2022 RSM Classic
- Bill Haas’ custom Cameron putter – 2022 RSM Classic
- Cameron putters – 2022 RSM Classic
- JJ Spaun’s Cameron putter cover – 2022 RSM Classic
- Jason Dufner with Cobra AeroJet Driver & 3 wood – 2022 RSM Classic
- Kevin Chappell’s custom Cameron putter – 2022 RSM Classic
- Richy Werenski’s custom Cameron putter – 2022 RSM Classic
- Matt Kuchar’s new Bridgestone 221CB irons – 2022 RSM Classic
Photos from the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
GolfWRX was on site this week ahead of the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course.
The year is winding down, but the wraparound 2022-2023 season is just getting underway, so players are poised to do a bit of tinkering ahead of January equipment launches. To that end, we got an in-hand look at Justin Rose’s new prototype “JR” irons. We also spotted new shafts from KBS and Mitsubishi as well as new grips from SuperStroke.
Check out all of our photos below.
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Monday #1
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Monday #2
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Tuesday #1
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Tuesday #2
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Tuesday #3
- 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open – Tuesday #4
- Johannes Veerman – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Richy Werenski – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Danny Lee – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Ben Kern – So. Texas PGA Section Champ – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Justin Rose (mini WTB) custom JR irons – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Kevin Roy – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Eric Cole – WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Gary Woodland WITB – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Carson Young’s custom Cameron – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- New Mitsubishi Tensei K series shaft – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Cameron putter – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Garrick Higgo’s custom Cameron – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Tyler Duncan’s custom Cameron putter – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- New Super Stroke Zenergy grips – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- New EyeLine Golf training aids – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- New KBS prototype iron shaft – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
- Zac Blair – New Titleist TRS 1 driver – 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open
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Justin Thomas WITB 2022 (December)
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Matt Wallace WITB 2022 (November)
Driver: Callaway Epic Speed (9 degrees) Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. 60 TX 3-wood: Callaway Rogue ST Max (15 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura...
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