Chappell Breaks Through in San Antonio
Cool temperatures on Saturday and strong winds all week were dominating factors in San Antonio at the Valero Texas Open. The Valero Texas Open is the third-oldest regular tour stop and longest running held in the same city.
Kevin Chappell was able to overcome the weather and the difficult TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course to get his first win after 180 PGA Tour starts and finishing second six times. Chappell’s final round 68 for a -12 total was one stroke better than Ryder Cup standout Brooks Koepka, who tied the low round of the week, a 65 for the final eighteen.
From an equipment standpoint Chappell carries a mixed bag. He was one of those players who had an endorsement contract with Nike Golf when, in August 2016, the company decided to leave the club and ball business. The 30-year old California native has yet to sign a deal with any manufacturer but this win should be a big help in getting a contract.
Chappell still is carrying Nike irons but has said he is in the process of evaluating different manufacturer’s models though it would seem it might be a good idea to hang on to the Nike’s since they gave him his first win. He also is a Nike loyalist with his golf ball playing the RZN Tour Platinum introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show in 2016 and now out of production. This 4-piece urethane cover ball is a slightly softer compression and has mid-spin characteristics. Construction is similar to the Nike RZN Tour Black played by Tiger Woods before Woods switched to the Bridgestone Tour B330-S.
Chappell’s Winning Bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M1 2016 model 10.5 degrees, Aldila 2KNV Blue 70 TX shaft
Fairway Woods: 3-Wood 15 degree TaylorMade M1, Aldila 2KNV Blue 80 TX shaft and 5-wood 19 degree TaylorMade M1, Aldila 2KNV Blue 90 TX shaft
Irons: 4- through 6-iron Nike Pro Combo and 7- through 9-iron Nike MM Proto, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: 48 degree Nike Engage Square-Sole and 52-, 56- and 60 degree PXG 0311T Milled
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron T5MB Prototype
Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum
At the Valero Texas Open and for the eleventh week in a row the TaylorMade Spider Tour model putter—Black, Red, Platinum—was the single most used putter model. Also by our count this was the eleventh win for TaylorMade M1/M2 model drivers in the 2016-2017 season. In San Antonio they were played by 77 of the 156 player field compared with 39 Titleist drivers, 19 Callaway, 14 Ping and four PXG.
Including Chappell, seven of the top-10 finishers played TaylorMade metalwoods.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls were played by 116 of those teeing it up in San Antonio with the nearest competitor being able to claim 15 players. Titleist also topped the list for hybrids in play with 30 and irons with 47. Their Vokey wedges in the approach, sand and lob category were the most frequently used with 215 and the 65 Scotty Cameron brand putters were also number one.
Due to favorable response since the original introduction one year ago Titleist has reintroduced the premium priced C16 line of drivers and irons. At first brought to market as an experiment to test buyer interest, only 1,500 drivers and 1,000 sets of irons were made. Now 1,000 more iron sets have been brought to market selling for $2,700 per set. Drivers carry a $1,000 price tag.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?