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WOTW: Hideki Matsuyama’s Rolex Submariner Date “Bluesy” in steel and yellow gold

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Hideki Matsuyama won the ZOZO Championship with a birdie on the last hole to win by five strokes over Brendan Steele. Hideki finished all four rounds in the 60s to win the tournament’s unique circular trophy; when he held it high in the air while, he was wearing his usual Rolex Submariner “Bluesy” on his wrist.

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Name: Rolex Submariner Date Rolesor
Reference: 116613lb-0005
Limited: No
Date: 2013 – 2020
Case: 904L Oystersteel
Bezel: Blue Cerachrom Ceramic
Dial: Bright Blue
Size: 40mm
Movement: Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal, Cyclops Lens
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Oyster 904L Stainless / 18ct Yellow Gold
Price: ~$15,500

Rolex has been the biggest name in watchmaking for years. When anyone talks about luxury timepieces, the first thought is the 5 pointed crown from Rolex.

The Rolex Submariner is one of the most celebrated watches Rolex has ever made. Rolex has been making waterproof watches since it made the first Oyster case in 1926, so they were experts by the time the Submariner dive watch was released in 1953.

The Sub, as most watch fans call it, was a hardcore dive watch made for the emerging recreational diving market that was growing during that time. Diving techniques and equipment were rapidly evolving thanks to technology developed during World War II and bringing in a whole new audience to the sport. Since then, the Submariner has stayed pretty true to its original styling but has had many updates over these past decades.

I am guessing that Hideki is wearing the previous generation Submariner as I have seen it on his wrist for a few years now.

The 116613 reference of the Submariner was launched in 2013 and made until 2020 when it was replaced by the current model. The current Submariner has a 1mm larger case and boasts an updated movement with a 70hr power reserve. Hideki’s Sub has a case that is 40mm and is crafted from Rolex’s own 904L Oystersteel. The 904L stainless steel is made in Rolex’s own foundry and it is extremely corrosion resistant in order to take the heavy abuse saltwater diving puts on a watch.

The screw-down crown has a Triplock triple seal system to keep water out at a depth of 300 meters. The caseback is also screw-down and made from solid Oystersteel. On top of the case is a unidirectional bezel, crafted from 18ct yellow gold, and containing a blue Cherachrom ceramic insert. The Cherachrom ceramic bezel is extremely scratch-resistant and features a 60-minute graduated diving scale. The diving scale numerals are filled with gold paint that actually contains real gold for an unmatched look.

The bezel holds a sapphire crystal, with magnifying cyclops lens, that protects the Bright Blue dial. As with most Submariner models, this watch has earned the “Bluesy” nickname for its dial and bezel. The dial is hand-finished and features a sunray texture that helps reflect light at any angle. The hour markers and watch hands are crafted from polished yellow gold and filled with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material for easy reading in low light. The date window resides at 3 o’clock and changes over instantly at midnight with no floating of the date wheel as you get close to that time.

Inside Hideki’s Submariner is Rolex’s Calibre 3135 self-winding movement. The mechanical 3135 contains 31 jewels and Rolex’s Parachrom hairspring for added durability when dealing with shocks and temperature variations.

Rolex Submariners almost always come with an Oyster bracelet, a design first used back in the 1930’s. Since this Sub is a Rolesor model, the combination of stainless steel and gold, the Oyster bracelet is made from 3 flat solid links of Oystersteel and yellow gold. The outer links are steel and contain a brushed look while the inner link is made from 18ct yellow gold and polished for a unique two-tone look. An Oysterlock clasp hold the bracelet together and features Rolex’s Glidelock system for extending the bracelet, tools free, for the perfect fit.

The Bluesy market is fairly strong and demanding over retail prices when traded second-hand. This 116613 version sold for around $14,500 when Hideki wore it after winning his first major, The Masters, back in April. Six months later, this same watch looks to sell for about $1,000 more. Not a bad investment piece.

Congratulations to Hideki on his seventh PGA Tour victory and adding to an already stellar 2021 season. It is crazy to imagine that he is still only 29 years old and has a lot of golf ahead of him. I always hope to see players like him winning more and with different pieces on their wrist, but if it isn’t broke, I guess why fix it!

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‘OMG’ – Pro golfers go wild over Tiger Woods’ swing video

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If you are a fan of golf, there’s a good chance you have seen the most recent video of Tiger Woods hitting a golf ball on the range posted to his twitter account yesterday.

As ecstatic as golf fans are about seeing Tiger Woods effortlessly swing a club again, players on Tour seem to be just as fired up about Tiger’s video.

Here we’ve rounded up some of the best tweets from Woods’ fellow PGA Tour players:

The PGA Tour is in a great place, with many young superstars on the rise and interest in the game at all time high. Even still, yesterday was a reminder that nothing moves the needle in the sport of golf like Tiger Woods. If more evidence is needed, the video Woods tweeted currently has 6.8 million views in under 24 hours.

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Brooks Koepka signs with Srixon/Cleveland

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Srixon and Cleveland Golf have today announced that Brooks Koepka has joined its tour staff.

As part of the new deal, the four-time major champion will play a Srixon driver, Srixon irons, Cleveland wedges, a Srixon golf ball, as well as carry a Srixon Staff bag.

The 31-year-old began working with Srixon’s Tour Department earlier this year and played the brand’s ZX7 irons throughout the 2021 PGA Tour season.

On joining Team Srixon/Cleveland, Koepka said

“I am very excited to join my good friends Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell and Hideki Matsuyama as a Srixon and Cleveland Golf Tour Staff member. I’ve been an equipment free agent for the past few years, so it will be fun to be involved with a company on a daily basis and be able to contribute to the development of their future equipment.

“I put the ZX7 Irons in play in January and it is the best iron I have played on Tour. I look forward to kicking off our new partnership this week in Las Vegas!”

Speaking on the Koepka signing, Rodney McDonald, Vice President of Tour Operations at Srixon, said

“We’re extremely proud to have Brooks come on board as our newest Staff member. He’s one of the best players in the world and brings his major championship pedigree and validation to our brands. We’re excited for Brooks to join the Srixon and Cleveland Golf family and look forward to supporting him out on tour.”

Koepka will make his debut as a member of Team Srixon/Cleveland at Capital One’s The Match on November 26th against Bryson DeChambeau. 

 

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Tour Rundown: Morikawa wins twice on Sunday | Race to CME goes to JYK

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This is it. Really, this is it. This is really it. The soon-to-be-renamed European Tour is done. The PGA Tour is done. The LPGA is done. I’m done. Happy American Thanksgiving. It’s colder than the Canadian one, but a good cold breeze is bracing. It also reminds us to get inside, so that we don’t get sick, or frostbite, or some other malady. It also reminds us to be thankful for things like … shirts that don’t tear when you shoot 74 in the final round and fall from first place to another level of frustration (hypothetically speaking, of course.)

Anyhoo, anyhow, anyway, join us one last time for a running of the tours, which is much, much safer than a running of the bulls.

European Tour: Morikawa wins twice on Sunday

I remember that summer of 2019, when Collin Morikawa and two other college stars made their debuts on tour. The guy with the powerful, funky swing won right away. The other guy, the Nordic one, seemed destined to win soon enough (he would win in February of the next year.) Even though Morikawa won in 2019, pundits assessed him to be third in line to the throne. Two years have passed, and there is no line. the Iron Throne belongs to Morikawa.

The Californian from Cal-Berkeley owns two major titles, six worldwide wins, and his first Order of Merit. I’ve always liked that title. Way better than Race To The Cup or any other moniker out there. I’m bringing it back. Morikawa had a good hold on the European Tour’s season-long race, thanks to his Open title in July and his WGC last February. He came to Dubai with great focus, answering few to none of the pointed questions aimed his way. In contrast, and to his credit, Matt Fitzpatrick wasn’t giving up.

The Englishman wasn’t defiant, but he was gritty. He insisted that, as we all know, the tournament and the season were not over until the flagstick was replaced. Fitz did his part with a 66 on Sunday, moving all the way up to a tie for second with Alexander Bjôrk. At that point, sadly, Fitz was finished. He needed a win.

Who topped him? Morikawa, of course. His Sunday 66 at the Earth Course included five birdies on the inward half, when he simply decided to say By the way, I’m the best of 2021. Here’s my third win to prove it. Morikawa’s swing has zero moving parts that should not be moving. It is modern, but classic, if that is possible. If he chases zero distance over the next fifteen years, and simply plays well from tee to green, he should win five more majors and a few more Orders of Merit around the world.

LPGA: Race To CME goes to JYK

Remember last week when Nelly Korda became Rolex Rankings number one again, despite not playing? Pretty sure that’s about to change again. Jin Young Ko steamrolled the field at Tiburón in Naples. The Original JYK was nine-under on day four, breaking out of a four-way tie for the lead at dawn’s first light.

Nelly? She had 69 for T5. Celine? 68 for T3. Nasa? She gave Jin everything she could handle. Hataoka signed for 64, and her 6th-hole bogey was her only blemish on the day. She matched Ko birdie for birdie, posting nine of her own on the final day. She made up strokes on three of the final four holes. Trouble was, Young Ko did not wilt. She turned in 30 and added three more chirps on the inward half, putting things away at the 17th with her last of the day.

The title was her fifth of 2021, and her 12th overall. Ko hit 63 consecutive greens this week, and is on a runaway-train path to the LPGA Hall of Fame, and it will be a pleasure to watch her do just that.

PGA Tour:  RSM Classic crowns Gooch by a smooch

Talor Gooch knocked on a number of doors this fall, most recently the Fortinet and the CJ Cup. At both events, he finished top-five, but could not break through for the “V.” At Sea Island, Gooch went into the final round with a one-shot lead over Sebastián Múñoz. Feeling balanced, Gooch went out and bookended his opening 64 with the same closing number. He made a pair of birdies on the front, then turned on the juice and recorded four more coming home. No bogeys found his card this day.

Mackenzie Hughes, the 2016 champion at the RSM, went out in 30 to pick up three strokes on Gooch. Feeling his own brand of juice, Hughes posted four more birdies on the back nine, but also stumbled to a bogey at the par-three twelfth hole. He missed long and left, and failed to get up and down for par. When Gooch made three at the same hole, minutes later, the road to victory got easier.

Two unofficial events (Hero and QBE) will take place in December, and the Tour will return to action on January 6th, for two consecutive weeks in the Hawaiian islands.

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