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18-year-old Wes Burton creates eye-catching headcovers for TaylorMade staffers

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At last week’s WGC-FedEx St.Jude Invitational, TaylorMade staffers had the luxury of finding a custom-made individual headcover in their locker courtesy of 18-year-old Wes Burton.

While Burton and his business, Wes Custom Kicks, mostly tailor to clientele from the world of Baseball, the 18-year-old is an avid golf fan with a 6.4 index, and he set about making unique metal wood and putter headcovers for the brand’s members: Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Jason Day, after TaylorMade sought his impressive skills on the project.

Burton handed the items off to the TaylorMade Tour Truck last week, but he had the opportunity to present three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Jon Rahm, with his cover, an experience which will live long in his memory.

“Meeting Jon was a great experience. It’s always exhilarating to deliver my work to pro athletes and see their reactions. My favorite part of a delivery, particularly one that was a surprise like this one, is seeing what really speaks to them or what their favorite aspect of a piece is.”

The 18-year-old’s creative process begins by researching each golfer’s background, career and personality, and then scuffing the leather on each TaylorMade headcover with acetone to remove the factory finish. Burton then paints the cover either by hand or with airbrush which according to the man himself can take anywhere from five to 20 hours per piece depending on the design.

Here’s a look at the covers Burton created for TaylorMade’s Staffers last week in Memphis (all photos via TM).

Jon Rahm

Featuring the Spaniard’s nickname “Rahmbo”, the putter cover also contains the colors of Arizona State University.

Tiger Woods

Though he wasn’t in action last week, the 15-time major champion has a Stanford red fairway headcover waiting for him.

Rory McIlroy

One of Burton’s favorite pieces which he created, the putter cover pays homage to when Mcilroy would chip balls into a washing machine for practice as a kid. The driver cover features a lone rock amongst grass – the entrance to Holywood Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

Dustin Johnson

An ode to DJ’s love of boats, with his driver cover containing the names of his two children.

Jason Day

Driver cover featuring the names of his wife and three children, while the putter cover contains an Ohio license plate.

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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Bryson DeChambeau flies home from Wells Fargo early…before realizing he made the cut

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Bryson DeChambeau’s round of 73 on Friday at the Wells Fargo put him comfortably outside the cut line and facing his first missed cut since February.

Conditions soon toughened up at Quail Hollow, however, and Bryson’s two over par score through 36 holes managed to squeak him through to the weekend.

The only issue? Bryson had assumed he had missed the cut and had already made his way back to Dallas.

The 27-year-old took to Instagram this evening to poke fun at himself, posting a photo of him at his home gym in Dallas with the caption: “Headed back to Dallas to get a quick workout in…see ya tomorrow Charlotte.”

 

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On our Instagram, I may or may not have taken this tongue in cheek comment literally before editing the caption on our post (semantics, it’s Friday night etc.).

But Bryson confirmed in multiple posts on our Instagram that he had, in fact, convinced himself that there was no chance of him making the weekend.

If DeChambeau goes on to win from here, it’d likely be one of the wildest PGA Tour wins in recent times, and there’s no better man to pull this off!

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Why Justin Thomas ‘doesn’t really like’ that rangefinders will be used at PGA Championship

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For the first time, the PGA Championship will allow players to use rangefinders during tournament play this year, but it’s not a prospect Justin Thomas is excited about.

Speaking ahead of this week’s Wells Fargo, Thomas revealed that he’s unlikely to use one, stating that he doesn’t “really like them” and believes that the technology takes away the importance of caddies.

“I think it takes away an advantage of having a good caddie that maybe goes out there and does the work beforehand as opposed to someone, especially now between the yardage books, the greens books and range finders, you technically don’t even really need to see the place or play a practice round. You can go out there and know exactly what the green does, you know exactly what certain things are on certain angles because you can just shoot it with the range finder.”

PGA of America president Jim Richerson stated earlier this year that he expects the use of rangefinders to improve the pace of play at the event. However, JT doesn’t see that being the case at Kiawah Island later this month.

“I certainly don’t think it’s going to speed pace of play up at all unless you have a scenario where you do hit it on another hole or some kind of crazy angle where it would take you a long time to get a yardage. At the end of the day, Kiawah Island isn’t some kind of course where the greens are going to be really soft and you just see pin, hit pin. It’s going to be, okay, I have 193 hole, we have 174 front, I need to probably land this probably 180 to 182, a little wind off this way.”

The PGA Championship begins on May 20 from Kiawah Island.

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Rickie Fowler shares his thoughts on ‘interesting’ Super Golf League

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While Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have ruled themselves out of joining a Saudi backed Super Golf League, others have had their interest piqued and are waiting to hear more details on the proposals.

Phil Mickelson has said that he is intrigued by the idea, and now Rickie Fowler has revealed his interest in the potential breakaway Super Golf League.

“It’s definitely interesting. I think there’s a lot that needs to happen for it to even move forward of any sort, and at the same time I think competition can be a good thing. 

I do think that the PGA Tour is the premier place to be playing against the best players in the world. Could it get better? I’m sure this wouldn’t be coming up if someone didn’t think that there were ways that certain things could be better.”

Though PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened that any players committing to a breakaway tour could face expulsion from the PGA Tour, it hasn’t stopped players voicing their interest in the SGL. For Rickie, he’s happy to wait and see what develops.

“For a super golfer league of some sort to move forward, it would definitely need at least a handful of guys to be going that direction, or committed or whatever it may be. I don’t know of anything like that right now.

I can’t say that I’m in, out or whatever. I still think the Tour is the best place to be. We’ll see what happens, but I’m happy where we are.”

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