The PGA Tour 2018-2019 season started this week with the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. and the first winner of the year was Kevin Tway playing with TaylorMade and Mizuno equipment.

There will be seven tournaments yet in 2018 finishing with the RSM Classic Nov. 15-18 then a break until Jan. 3rd when the Tournament of Champions. The 46-event schedule wraps up earlier than previous years in order to be complete before the start of NFL and college football with the Tour Championship Aug. 22-25. Fans will also find a couple of other scheduling changes with the Players Championship now in March and the PGA Championship taking its place in May.

The number of playoff events has been reduced from four to three and the FedExCup winner will be determined by a handicapping system designed to remove the possibility of the Tour Championship winner not winning the FedExCup as has happened the past two years.

Tway earned his Safeway Open victory after three birdies in a playoff against Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker for his first win on Tour. Tway’s father Bob won the 1986 PGA Championship and seven other tournaments.

The equipment Tway played with:

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 9° (Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK White 70TX)
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 15° (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana W Series 80X)
Irons: 2-iron Mizuno MP-H5 (UST Mamiya Recoil prototype); 3- & 4-irons JPX 919 Forged, 5-9 irons JPX 919 Tour (True Temper Dynamic Gold X7)
Wedges: Mizuno T7 47°, Titleist Vokey SM7 54° & 60° (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

PXG New Drivers:
Periodic checking of the USGA Conforming Clubhead list web site revealed PXG has received approval two new drivers, the 0811X and 0811XF. No technical details nor introduction date are presently available.

Ben Hogan at 65:
In 1953 Ben Hogan announced the formation of a company for the manufacture and marketing of clubs bearing his name with a letter date Oct. 5. He wrote his clubs would have “… the best performing design, the best feel for contacting the golf ball, and the best eye appeal.” During the intervening years there were several different owners and in January 2017 announced a reorganization and restructuring. The press release included a quotation from Scott White the President and CEO, “Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated.” According to the company the B2C business model selling exclusively over the Internet has been successful and they are “planning the roll-out of several new product lines, which includes entering into some new product categories.”