Vegas Defends Canadian Open Title with Playoff Win
Back in April, Mizuno signed Jhonattan Vegas to an endorsement contract after his equipment deal with Nike Golf went up in smoke when Nike quit the club and ball business.
The 32-year old native of Venezuela put Mizuno’s prototype MP-18 irons in the bag at the Shell Houston Open but had a dismal showing in his next 11 events with eight missed cuts including five in a row preceding last week. The MP-18s were pulled and a trusty set of 2014 model MP-4 muscle backs substituted for his time in Canada.
The move paid off at Glenn Abbey as Vegas won the RBC Canadian Open in a one-hole playoff over Charley Hoffman, successfully defending the title he won last year. Still with a couple of Nike holdovers in the bag, Vegas mixes makers to create his winning club combination.
Vegas’ Winning Gear:
- Driver: TaylorMade 10.5° M2 2017 (nVentix Nunchuck shaft)
- Fairway Woods: Nike Vapor Speed 15° 3-wood and 19° 5-wood (nVentix Nunchuck shafts)
- Irons: Mizuno MP-4 3-iron through pitching wedge (True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts)
- Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design 2016 prototype 54° (True Temper Project X 7.0 shaft) and 60° (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
- Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS (German Stainless Steel) Prototype Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Canadian Open by the Numbers: TaylorMade M1 & M2 drivers were in the bags of just under half of the Canadian Open field with 77 in play while Titleist users numbered 41, Callaway 20 and Ping 13. Titleist Pro V1 & Pro V1x were the golf balls of choice for 109 who teed it up on Thursday versus 16 for the second place brand. Hybrid usage also went to Titleist with 32, as were irons with 48 sets while Vokey Design Wedges were tops with 224 (approach, sand and lob wedges) and Scotty Cameron putters were the top choice among players with 62 putters in play.
Should anyone ask: While the Canadian Open is among the longest running events on the PGA Tour (the Open Championship and U.S. Open are one and two), it has been a while since a Canadian took his own national championship. The last was Pat Fletcher in 1954. However fans of The King know the Canadian Open was Arnold Palmer’s first Tour victory back in 1955.
PXG: Adding to their lineup of clubs PXG now has the 0311X low spin driving iron priced at $350 with a chrome finish and $450 in their Xtreme Dark finish. Forged with a thin face backed with a layer of elastomer they are targeted at players wanting a substitute for long irons or hybrids. The wide sole with only a small amount of offset puts the center of gravity closer to the shaft axis and less dynamic loft. Available in lofts from 15 to 24 degrees.
Hogan Redux: According to Scott White, president and CEO, the Ben Hogan Golf Co. has been purchased out of bankruptcy by ExWorks Capital, one the company’s secured lenders. White says the restructured company will use an Internet-only business model with factory-direct pricing from a new web site which is under construction.
CBX from Cleveland: Cleveland Golf’s RTX-3 wedges are for skilled players and the Smart Sole 3 wedges for those wanting maximum help from the sand and around the greens. Now they have introduced the cavity back CBX line for the 84% of golfers who play game improvement category irons and are looking for forgiving yet versatile wedges to compliment them. The CBX sole uses two different V grinds, one front-to-back to get smoothly through turf and a heel-to-toe V shape so the face can be opened up providing extra help in the sand. Spin enhancement comes from a Rotex Face, the same as on their tour wedges. Price is $130 and 46- through 60-degree lofts are available when pre-sale begins Aug. 28. [insert CBX_WEDGE_15]
Cobra F-Max: There’s a new family in town, Cobra’s F-Max, with men’s and women’s drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, all very light weight and super game improvement in design. The F-Max driver ($299) offers a choice of straight or offset hosel and irons come in traditional graduated lengths (5-iron through pitching wedge $599 in steel) or one-length (6-iron through pitching wedge $499 in graphite). All, including fairway woods ($199) and hybrids ($179) will be in shops Aug. 18.
Futura 5.5M: Scotty Cameron has a new addition to his Futura line, the 5.5M, which is described as a high-MOI compact mallet shape with the toe hang of a blade. The shaft is a short single bend and the wrap around aluminum face/sole is precision milled. Priced at $379, availability is Aug. 25.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?