Monday, August 25, 2014

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Hunter Mahan at The 2014 Barclays - Great Golf Deals.com Blog

Hunter Mahan displayed a lot more skill at winning the tournament than he did at handling the trophy!

After winning The Barclays golf tournament by two strokes, Hunter Mahan posed for several photos with officials, volunteers, his wife and daughter and many others. Before leaving the 18th green for the victorious press conference, he posed for one last photo with David Finn of Ramsey.



As he knelt next to the 21-year-old Finn, who has muscular dystrophy, Mahan set the trophy down hard on the ground and broke it in two pieces. As Finn laughed, Mahan said sheepishly, "David did it!"

A few minutes earlier, Mahan's one-year-old daughter Zoe nearly pushed over the trophy after it was presented to her father.

In the media tent, when he was asked what happened to the trophy, Mahan smirked.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” he said.

What's In Hunter's Bag?



Driver: Ping G25 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 70X
Length: 45.25 inches (tipped 1 inch)
Swing Weight: D4














3 Wood: Titleist 913 F.d (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder 757 X















Hybrid: Ping i25 (17 degrees with 18 degrees of actual loft)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 90X
Length: 40.75 inches
Swing Weight: D3














Irons: Ping S55 (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue
Swing Weight: D2












Wedges: Ping i25 (54 and 59 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100
Swing Weight: D4 (54), D5 (60)




Putter: Ping Scottsdale TR Anser 2
Length: 34 inches (2-degrees flat)
Loft: 3 degrees




Ball: Titleist Pro V1x


Sunday, August 17, 2014

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Camillo Villegas at The 2014 Wyndham Championship - Great Golf Deals.com Blog



Greensboro North Carolina:  Camilo Villegas won the Wyndham Championship by a single stoke on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory since 2010.




Villegas shot a 7-under 63 and finished at 17-under 263. He earned $954,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points in the final regular-season event.

The Colombian had four birdies and an eagle on the front nine, added a birdie on the par-5 15th and took the lead into the clubhouse. He then watched the rest of the field stumble late, giving him his fourth PGA Tour title and first since the 2010 Honda Classic.

Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson tied for second. Haas had a 64, and Jacobson shot 66.

Jacobson needed a par on the final hole to force a playoff, but he rolled his 11-foot putt inches past the hole.



What's In Camillo's Bag?



Driver: TaylorMade JetSpeed (13 degrees, HL)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik TP7 X-Flex
















Fairway Woods: TaylorMade SLDR (3HL, 17 degrees/5HL, 21 degrees)
Shafts: Matrix Ozik Code-8
















Hybrid: TaylorMade SLDR (5 hybrid)
Shaft: True Temper Project X HB6















Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB (5-9)
Shafts: Royal Precision Rifle FCM 6.5

















Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred ATV Grind (48, 52, 58 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: Royal Precisoin Rifle FCM 6.5















Putter Scotty Cameron SB+ Tour Only




Sunday, August 10, 2014

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Rory McIlroy at The 2014 PGA Championship - Great Golf Deals.com Blog




Louisville Ky:  In a fantastic finish in the final major of the year, the favorite and number one golfer in the world pulled out a win in what was one of the most exciting final rounds of golf ever seen.

 


The PGA Championship made up for a major championship season devoid of drama with one waterlogged and wonderful Sunday.

That it ended with McIlroy making history, and rushing to beat darkness after a rain delay of 1 hour, 51 minutes, made it all the more memorable. Not that his shotmaking didn’t already do so.

Posting his third straight victory overall, McIlroy became the first since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win consecutive major championships. And, at 25, McIlroy became the third-youngest to win his fourth major overall behind the terrific twosome of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

McIlroy shot a 68 to finish 16-under overall, one stroke better than runner-up Phil Mickelson and two better than Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson.

The afternoon tee times got pushed back after a downpour soaked Valhalla with an inch of rain in less than an hour and workers scrambled to clear the course of casual water.

This delay created an almost unprecedented scene on the 72nd hole. McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger got permission from officials to hit their tee and second shots on the par-5 18th as the next-to-last group of Mickelson and Fowler walked to their shots so that the round could be completed.

This almost-staggered foursome gave McIlroy a bird’s eye view of Mickelson almost chipping in for eagle. McIlroy then two-putted for par in near-darkness after blasting out of a bunker to win.



What's In Rory's Bag?




DriverNike Covert Tour 2.0 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70TX












3 Wood: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)

5 Wood: Nike VR_S Covert  (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)
















IronsNike VR Pro Blades (4-9)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0












WedgesNike VR Forged (46, 52,56 and 59)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0













Sunday, August 3, 2014

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Rory McIlroy at The 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Great Golf Deals.com Blog



Rory McIlroy beat his Ryder Cup team-mate to claim his first World Golf Championship event on Sunday - and with it reclaimed top spot in the world rankings.



McIlroy turned a three-shot deficit into a two-shot lead within the space of five holes in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, before Garcia battled back to leave the pair tied heading into the back nine at Firestone Country Club.

Garcia had played the same back nine in just 27 shots in his second round of 61, but it was McIlroy who came out on top two days later in a tense duel, the 25-year-old carding a closing 66 to finish 15 under par.

With Adam Scott finishing outside the top five, that meant McIlroy reclaimed the world number one spot he last held in March 2013, just in time for the final major of the year, next week's US PGA Championship at Valhalla.

After 16 birdies in the first three rounds Garcia could only manage one in a disappointing closing 71 to finish 13 under, meaning the 34-year-old has now won just three times after holding the 54-hole lead on 16 occasions.

"What I am really proud of this week is following on from the Open with a performance like this," McIlroy, only the second European winner of the title after Darren Clarke in 2003, told CBS. "I said straight after I did not want any let down, I wanted to keep going and performing until the end of the season.

"It's great to come to one of my favourite tournaments of the year and to perform like this I am pretty satisfied."

McIlroy pulled his opening drive into the rough but had a gap through the trees and hit a superb low pitch to three feet, while Garcia had to settle for a par by two-putting from long range.

Three-time major winner McIlroy then two-putted from long range on the par-five second for another birdie and also birdied the third to take over the lead as Garcia bogeyed, but that did not tell half the story of an amazing hole.

Garcia's errant drive into the crowd somehow knocked the diamond out of a female spectator's engagement ring and after giving her a signed ball, the Spaniard asked for her contact information after hitting his second shot over the green.

Thankfully, the precious stone was quickly recovered but Garcia was unable to get up and down to save par and McIlroy holed from eight feet for a third straight birdie.

When McIlroy also birdied the fifth from five feet it meant a five-shot swing had taken place in the space of five holes and gave the world number two a two-shot lead.

Garcia desperately needed something to go in his favour and it happened on the eighth, McIlroy driving into the rough and finding a greenside bunker with his approach, from where he failed to get up and down.

Garcia then got back on level terms with a birdie from 15 feet on the ninth, McIlroy missing from just six feet.

That meant the pair went into the back nine tied on 14 under par but it was McIlroy who edged back in front with a birdie on the 11th from eight feet, Garcia then missing from a few inches closer.

The decisive moment then came on the par-three 15th, where Garcia's tee-shot left of the green left him with a near-impossible pitch over a bunker and led to a bogey four.

That gave McIlroy a two-shot lead with three to play and when Garcia failed to convert a birdie chance from 10 feet on the 17th his chance had gone.

Low scoring had been the order of the day on the rain-softened course, five-time major winner Phil Mickelson charging through the field with an eight-under-par 62 which featured 10 birdies and two bogeys.

"I don't know what to say, it kind of came out of nowhere," Mickelson said after finishing five under for the tournament. "The first two rounds really threw me for a loop. I have been struggling getting my short irons close and today they were right on.

"I made a lot of birdies and it was nice. Today was a big day to give me a lot of confidence and momentum heading into the US PGA next week."

What's In Rory's Bag?




DriverNike Covert Tour 2.0 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70TX












3 Wood: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)

5 Wood: Nike VR_S Covert  (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)
















IronsNike VR Pro Blades (4-9)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0












WedgesNike VR Forged (46, 52,56 and 59)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0













Sunday, July 27, 2014

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Tim Clark at The 2014 RBC Canadian Open - Great Golf Deals.com Blog



MONTREAL — Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk.



Clark closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship.

Furyk, the two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, finished with a 69. The 44-year-old American matched Clark with a birdie on the par-3 17th and a par on the par-4 18th.

"It looked like Jim wasn't going to make any mistakes," said Clark, who moved into contention Saturday with a 64. "He was pretty solid, so I knew I had to make birdies. At that point, there was nothing to lose. Suddenly I got hot and I went with it."

Furyk is 0 for 7 with the 54-hole lead since winning the 2010 Tour Championship for the last of his 16 PGA Tour titles

"I kind of controlled my own destiny," Furyk said. "I've got to shoot 3 or 4 under and it would have been impossible to catch me, or darn near it. I left the door open with even par on the front nine and Tim took advantage and shot 30 on the back."

On No. 18, Clark left a 45-foot birdie putt about 6 feet short, and Furyk missed left on a 12-footer. Clark sealed the win by holing the 6-footer for par.

"Once he missed his putt, I didn't want to have to go into a playoff, knowing he can take it over the water (off the 18th tee) and I have to play over to the right,' Clark said. "So, it was huge for me to get it finished right there. I got hot with the putter on the back nine. To stand over that putt and still feel confident was really nice."

Clark, four strokes behind Furyk after bogeying the par-4 first, took the outright lead with a birdie on the par-4 16th after a short rain delay. Clark finished at 17-under 263 to tie tournament record for total score set by Johnny Palmer in 1952 at St. Charles in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and matched by Scott Piercy in 2012 at Hamilton in Ancaster, Ontario.

Clark's wife, Candice, is from Toronto and has family in Montreal. He won his first pro title at the New Brunswick Open on the Canadian Tour in 1998 and followed a week later with a win at the CPGA Championship.

"The irony of it is Canada could be the location of my first win and my last one," Clark said. "To come back here, it's full circle. That was 16 years ago when I was just cutting my teeth as a professional golfer and I was fortunate enough to be given some starts up here, so I have fond memories.

"It's certainly one I've wanted to win for a long time. Any national championship to me is special. particularly to the people from that country. It's an honor for me to be the open champion."

Justin Hicks was third at 13 under after a 64. Matt Kuchar (65), Michael Putnam (66) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (66) tied for fourth at 11 under.

Graham DeLaet, from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, was the top Canadian, closing with a 68 to tie for seventh at 10 under. Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver.

"I fell a little short, but it was fun," DeLaet said. "So many people were cheering for me. ... Coming down 18 was a special moment.

Dicky Pride also finished at 10 under, matching the course record with a 63.

Organizers moved up the starting times by two hours and had the players went out in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees to try to finish before the forecast storms. Most of the players had finished before a cloudburst halted play for 26 minutes.

What's In Tim's Bag?


Driver: Titleist 913D3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra M4-55 Tour Proto





3 Wood: Titleist 913F (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 7.2 Tour Spec












5 Wood: Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead Plus (18 Degrees)
Shaft: Callaway RCH 36 Pro Series Strong Flex

Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue Dual (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST iRod Tour Hybrid Utility 100 CB (X-Flex)

IronsTitleist CB (4-9)
Shafts: Aerotech SteelFiber 95i (stiff flex)










Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48-06, 56-14), Titleist Vokey Design SM5 M Grind (60-08)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue











Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball Long



Sunday, July 20, 2014

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Rory McIlroy at The 2014 Open Championship - Great Golf Deals.com Blog



HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf's oldest trophy.



On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.

In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam.

And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal.

"I'm immensely proud of myself," McIlroy said after his two-shot victory Sunday that was never really in doubt. "To sit here, 25 years of age, and win my third major championship and be three-quarters of the way to a career Grand Slam ... yeah, I never dreamed of being at this point in my career so quickly."

He had to work a little harder than he wanted for this one.

Staked to a six-shot lead going into the final round, McIlroy turned back every challenge. He made two key birdies around the turn, and delivered a majestic drive at just the right moment to close with a 1-under 71 and complete his wire-to-wire victory.

In another major lacking tension over the final hour, what brought The Open to life was the potential of its champion.

After nearly two years of turmoil, McIlroy looked like the kid who shattered scoring records to win the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional, and who won the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by a record eight shots a year later.

Boy Wonder is back. Or maybe he's just getting started again.

McIlroy won by two shots over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler to become the first start-to-finish winner since Woods at St. Andrews in 2005. Even with one major left this year, the Northern Irishman already is looking ahead to Augusta National next April for a shot at the slam.

"I've really found my passion again for golf," McIlroy said. "Not that it ever dwindled, but it's what I think about when I get up in the morning. It's what I think about when I go to bed. I just want to be the best golfer that I can be. And I know if I can do that, then trophies like this are within my capability."

McIlroy put an end to this major with a powerful drive down the fairway at the par-5 16th, setting up a two-putt birdie to restore his lead to three shots. He finished with two pars, tapping in for par on the 18th green.

The hard part was trying not to cry when his mother, Rosie, came onto the green with tears streaming down her face. She was not at the other two majors. Before leaving, McIlroy turned and applauded the fans in the horseshoe arena who were witness to another masterpiece.

This could have been another romp except for a shaky stretch early for McIlroy, and solid efforts from Garcia and Fowler.

Garcia pulled within two shots with four holes to play until he put his tee shot in a pot bunker just right of the 15th green. His first shot failed to get over the 4-foot sodden wall and rolled back into the sand. He made bogey, and two birdies over the final three holes were not enough. Garcia shot 66 and was runner-up in a major for the fourth time.

"I think that we gave it a good effort," Garcia said. "And there was someone a little bit better."

Fowler, playing in the final group for the second straight major, didn't do anything wrong. He just didn't do enough right to make up a six-shot deficit. Fowler played without a bogey, made three birdies on the last four holes and shot 67.

"He played awesome," Fowler said. "And it was just kind of fun to throw a few shots at him coming. To see him win was pretty cool."

It was the first time two straight majors were won wire to wire. Martin Kaymer did it last month at Pinehurst No. 2, taking the U.S. Open by eight shots.

McIlroy, who finished at 17-under 271, wasn't the only big winner Sunday. Ten years ago, his father and three of his friends each put up 100 pounds ($170) at 500-1 odds that McIlroy would win the British Open before he turned 26.

The kid made good on the best with a brand of golf that had him marked early as golf's next great player.

McIlroy moved up to No. 2 in the world, perhaps on his way to regaining the No. 1 ranking that once looked as if it would be his for years. He ended the 2012 season by winning his second major and capturing the money title on the PGA Tour and European Tour.

Since then, the road has been bumpier than some of the dunes at Hoylake.

McIlroy signed a megadeal with Nike and switched out all his equipment. He changed management for the second time, leading to lawsuits that are still to be decided. And after getting engaged to Caroline Wozniacki on New Year's Eve, he abruptly broke off the engagement in May with a telephone call.

His path to victory in The Open was much smoother.

McIlroy made back-to-back bogeys on the front nine and had to save par from a pot bunker to avoid a third. But he steadied himself with a birdie on the par-3ninth, and when Garcia made a 10-foot eagle ahead of him on the 10th to cut the lead to two, McIlroy answered with a two-putt birdie.

Garcia blinked when he could least afford it, leaving a shot in the bunker at No. 15 as McIlroy watched from the tee.

Jim Furyk was among four players who tied the course record with a 65 to finish fourth. Tiger Woods was long gone. He finished his 75 as McIlroy was still on the practice range. Woods finished 69th — his worst finish over 72 holes in any major — and wound up 23 shots behind, his largest deficit ever in a major.

What's In Rory's Bag?




Driver: Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70TX











3 Wood: Nike VR_S Covert Prototype (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)













Driving Iron: Nike MM Prototype 2 Iron
Shaft: Royal Precision Project X 7.0




Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-9)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0












Wedges: Nike VR Forged (47, 54 and 59)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0













Sunday, July 13, 2014

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Brian Harman at The 2014 John Deere Classic - Great Golf Deals.com Blog

After missing the cut the last two weeks Brian Harman had a extraordinary week which included a substitute caddie, his first PGA Tour win and a spot in next weeks Open Championship.  


Harman's regular caddie suffered an illness during Thursday's first round and subsequently could not continue  after 6 holes.  A random fan volunteered to step in for the sick caddie and did a great job as Harman shot 6 under the for the last 12 holes and ended up in a 1st place tie after after the first round.

The victory qualified Harman for the British Open at Royal Liverpool, which starts Thursday in Hoylake, England.

"I brought my passport and a couple of jackets," Harman said. "I can't wait to get on that plane."

Harman eagled the par-5 second after putting his approach four feet from the cup, took a bogey at the fifth but responded with a 30-foot birdie putt at the ninth and added a 16-foot birdie putt at the par-5 10th.

Johnson kept the pressure on Harman with a bogey-free round of 64 that included birdies at 13, 14 and 17 to stay on the leader's heels.

But Harman answered the challenge with three birdies in a row starting with an eight-foot birdie putt at the 14th followed by a 15-foot birdie putt at 15 and a six-footer at the par-3 16th.

That allowed Harman to par the 17th and bogey 18 for the victory.

What's In Brian's Bag?


Driver: TaylorMade JetSpeed (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z















3 Wood: TaylorMade JetSpeed (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder 6.1 Tour Spec (X-Flex)















5 Wood: TaylorMade Burner TP (17.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fukijura Motore F1 85X

Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue
















Wedges: TaylorMade xFT (52-09, 56-12, 60-08)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue















Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider S (Belly)















Ball: TaylorMade Lethal