The Sudden Death Playoff
The PGA Tour’s only team event, the Zurich Classic, was won by Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith in a Monday playoff over Kevin Kisner and partner Scott Brown.
All week there were challenging weather conditions that included strong winds every day and a rain delay on Sunday. The shot of the week has to be Kisner’s 95-foot hole-out from off the 72nd green to tie Blixt and Cameron Smith at -27 requiring extra holes.
The playoff ended after four holes when Smith made a birdie putt, the first birdie for any of the four players in the sudden death.
Blixt’s bag has clubs from four different manufacturers proving to be a winner, exclusive use of one maker’s sticks is not a necessity. In fact, his assortment is probably not too much different from what might be found in a typical amateur’s bag as far as the multiple brands. Blixt is on the Cobra staff and plays their irons and fairway woods while wearing Puma apparel and shoes while on the other hand partner Smith is completely Titleist.
Jonas Blixt’s Winning Bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2016 model 9.5 degrees, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6 X shaft
Fairway Woods: Cobra King F6 Baffler 2016 model 14.5 degrees, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6 X shaft and Cobra King F6 Baffler 2016 model 18 degrees, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X shaft
Irons: 3- thorough 8-iron Mizuno MP-25, 9-iron and pitching wedge Mizuno MP-5, True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 54 degrees F Grind and 60 degree M Grind, True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shafts
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Cameron Smith’s Winning Bag:
Driver: Titleist 917D3 10.5 degrees, UST Mamiya Elements Chrome Prototype PT6F5 shaft
Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 16.5 degrees, UST Mamiya Elements Chrome Prototype PT8F5 shaft
Irons: 3- through 9-iron Titleist 716 T-MB, 3-iron Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage 100HY TX Flex shaft and 4- through 9-iron KBS Prototype shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 F grind 46- and 52-degrees, M Grind 56-degrees and S Grind 60-degrees, KBS Tour Custom Series shafts in 48, 52, 56 degrees and KBS Tour 130X shaft in 60 degree
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
In case anyone brings it up, the Zurich Classic is the first time foursome play, i.e., alternate shot, has been used in a PGA Tour event and it’s the first team event since the 1981 Walt Disney World National Team Championship.
Ball count at the Zurich Classic was 113 for Titleist and 16 for the nearest competitor.
Karsten Manufacturing Corp., owners of the Ping brand, have purchased five golf club technology patents from Nike Golf. Nike dropped out of the manufacture and sales of clubs and balls in August 2016.
The Kirkland Signature ball was relisted for sale on Costco’s web site Tuesday April 25 and in less than a day the supply was gone. The 4-piece urethane cover ball is priced at $30 for two dozen and similar in construction to Tour-category balls selling for three times as much.
Sets of Cobra One Length irons are being introduced by Cobra Golf for juniors. Each set includes a 5-iron, 7-iron, 9-iron, pitching wedge and sand wedge all the length of a 7-iron.
Callaway Customs are now available including the GBB Epic or GBB Epic Sub Zero drivers in eight color options for $550, a $50 premium. Also being offered is paint fill and stamping customization of the MD3 and Mack Daddy Forged wedges at $15 to $45 over standard wedge prices. Chrome Soft, Supersoft, Superhot and Warbird golf balls will be available with personalization of imprint, color and numbering.
TaylorMade Golf now has a program tagged “The Turn,” giving golfers the opportunity to buy the latest TMaG clubs and pay for them with a monthly payment over as many as 30 months at an interest rate of 9.99%. A 2017 M1 driver listing for $500 paid for over 18 months would have a payment of $33 or $594. There is also upgrade eligibility, just like a smartphone, after 12 or 24 months depending on the plan chosen.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?