Dustin Johnson Wins Fifth WGC Title with TaylorMade
Dustin Johnson, number one ranked player in the world, won his third tournament in as many starts by overcoming Jon Rahm in the WGC-Dell Match Play. This was his fifth WGC title second, only to Tiger Woods’ 18. Contested over the Pete Dye designed Abilene Country Club, the field had to contend with strong winds the entire week but especially Friday when holding the plateaued greens became very challenging.
This win extends Johnson’s margin as world number one over second place Rory McIlroy, puts the South Carolinian at the top of the FedEx Cup points list and the money list. Johnson’s TaylorMade clubs have remained the same since the middle of February when he replaced a M2 model driver with the M1 460 the week of the Genesis Open at Torrey Pines, the first of his three victories. Second place finisher Rahm is also on the TaylorMade Golf staff.
Johnson’s winning clubs:
Driver: TaylorMade 2017 M1 460 11 degrees (Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec 661X shaft)
3-wood: TaylorMade 2017 M1 3HL 16 degrees (Project X HZRDUS Black 95X shaft)
Utility iron: TaylorMade UDI #2 (Project X HZRDUS Black 105X shaft)
Irons: 3-PW TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB 2014 (True Temper DG Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 52 and 60 degrees (KBS Tour 130X Black Nickel shafts)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x (#1)
Points Wins in Puerto Rico
It was a long dry spell but D.A. Points finally won his third Tour title, the Puerto Rico Open. His last win was the Shell Houston Open four years ago. The Windermere, Fla. resident had not played well in recent seasons and wasn’t able to keep his playing privileges a year ago having made less than half the cuts in the past three seasons.
Though good for a two year exemption the win being an opposite field event to the WGC-Dell Match Play doesn’t earn Points a spot in the Masters. The 40-year old does get into The Players, the PGA Championship and the elite invitation-only tournaments such as the Memorial and the Colonial.
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2016 10.5 degrees (UST Elements Platinum shaft)
3-wood: TaylorMade Burner 13 degrees (Graphite Design Tour AD YSQst 75 shaft)
Hybrids: Ping G 19 degrees (Aldila NV 2KXV 85 shaft) and TaylorMade SLDR 2007 21 degrees (Aldila Tour Green 85 shaft)
Irons: 4-6 TaylorMade SLDR 2014 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts) and 7-PW PING i5 2005 (PING ZZ65 shafts)
Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 52 degree SS grind and 58 degree TS grind (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)
Putter: SIK Pro
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
DJ’s M1 3 wood is the length of a 5 wood, i.e., one inch shorter than standard. He still carries it 280 yards.
Considering his length from the tee, Johnson surprisingly carries only three wedges.
The ball count at the WGC Match Play again went to Titleist with 54 out of the field of 64 playing either the Pro V1 or Pro V1x while TMaG took the driver count with 22.
WGC Match Play second place finisher Jon Rahm plays the same model M1 driver, the same model TP5x ball as Johnson plus, along with DJ and Jason Day, putts with a Spider Tour putter.
The SIK Pro putter Points put in the bag this week has variable loft on the face depending on the point the ball makes contact. Bryson DeChambeau, second place finisher behind Points, also used the SIK Pro.
Points’ irons are probably older than the ones in your bag. The TaylorMade SLDR are from 2014 and the PING i5s first saw the light of day in 2005. Of course his SLDR Rescue also has some age as well being made in 2007.
Titleist announced the Limited Edition Smoke AP1 irons this week with a durable PVD coating over the stainless steel head. Five hundred sets of eight will be sold at $899 each.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?