Kyle Stanley Captures His First Win in Five Years
Kyle Stanley won the Quicken Loans National at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm near Washington, D.C. by beating Charles Howell III on the first hole of a playoff with a par after both players shot 5-under par 65s on Sunday.
Tiger Woods, who has been host of this Tour event for 10 years, was not at the event all week. The tournament benefits Woods foundation and even when not playing he has often been present at the trophy presentation ceremony.
Stanley had an outstanding amateur career at Clemson and one previous win on the PGA Tour, the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2012. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons his rank on Tour fell but last year he began playing better and this year his game has really come back with four top ten finishes in addition to this win.
The Washington state native was another one of the players on the endorsement staff of Nike Golf until Nike gave up the club and ball business in August 2016 however, in January 2017 Stanley signed on with TaylorMade.
Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017 10.5 degrees (Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution X-Flex)
Fairway Woods: 3-wood TaylorMade M2 2017 15 degrees (Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution X-Flex); 5-wooc Nike Covert VRS 2.0 18 degrees (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana W-Series 80X)
Irons: 4-iron TaylorMade PSi (KBS Tour 90S), 5-iron through pitching wedge Nike Vapor Pro Combo (KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+)
Wedges: Nike Engage 52 and 54 degrees, TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF 58 degrees (KBS 610 Wedge 125)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
- Quicken Loans by the numbers: The field this week was predominately again playing Titleist golf balls and TaylorMade drivers. Titleist had 87 in the field using Pro V1 or ProV1x compared with 13 for the second place ball. TaylorMade reports that, including the winner Stanley, 52 of their M1 or M2 models were in use while there were 32 Titleist drivers, 16 for Callaway and 12 for Ping.
- In case any on asks: After 34 Tour events this season and with the playoffs in sight, players using TMaG drivers have 16 wins, Titleist players 8, Callaway 7 and Cobra, Ping and PXG with one each. Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf balls were played by 19 winners, TMaG by 6, Callaway 4, Srixon 3 and Nike 2.
- New 718 irons: Every two years the Quicken Loans National sees Titleist unveil their latest irons and this year it’s the 718 models. In addition to the familiar AP1, AP2, MB, CB and T-MB models there’s a new AP3 said to have features somewhere between the traditional game improvement AP1s and Tour category AP2s. Exact details won’t be known for a couple of months but reasonable speculation would be the AP3s have less offset and a smaller cavity than the AP1s.
- Vertical Groove: Six players not including staffer John Day, who was injured and didn’t play, used the Vertical Groove driver at the U.S. Senior Open. The big news for the company is one of the six was the champion Kenny Perry.
- Miura: Two new Miura models have been introduced joining the new CB-2008. The CB-1008 is billed as a player’s cavity back, forged with a wider sole and enhanced forgiveness from reconfigured weight placement. Priced at $279 each–from Miura custom fitters only. The MB-5005 muscle back according to the company looks like a blade but plays like a cavity back. This limited edition iron has an expanded sweet spot and lower center of gravity. Also only from Miura fitters, the price is $329 each.