Kisner Withstands Charge by Jordan Spieth
Defending champion Jordan Spieth didn’t seem to look very comfortable the first two rounds of the Dean & Deluca Invitational played over storied Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas; a course forever tied to memories of Ben Hogan. However, Spieth not only made the cut with room to spare but finished with rounds of 68 and 65 for a total of -9. Unfortunately this left him in second place tied with Sean O’Hair and Jon Rahm one stroke behind Kevin Kisner the winner who shot a gutsy (two bogey six birdie) 66 of his own on the final day.
This is Kisner’s second PGA Tour win having previously recorded a victory at The RSM Classic in 2016.
He is on the Callaway Golf endorsement staff and among his bag full of their clubs carries the Great Big Bertha Epic fairway woods ($280 each) which use Callaway’s proprietary material in the crown, triaxial carbon composite, the same as used in the number one selling Great Big Bertha Epic driver. The crown of the Epic fairway wood is exceptionally light in weight, just 5.8 grams, so it is 78% less than a comparable crown made of steel.
Using the weight that was saved, engineers were able to redistribute to both maximize MOI (resistance to twisting) and lower the center of gravity for additional forgiveness and easier ball launch. Callaway also has told me the club face is an improved fourth generation of their cup face design.
The Epic fairway woods come with a selection of lofts to fit into almost any gapping need from a 3+W (13.5 degrees) to a 20-degree loft Heavenwood plus there’s even a Divine Nine of 24 degrees. More information and specifications may be found at callawaygolf.com.
The driver Kisner successfully used for the four rounds at Colonial (he averaged hitting over 70% of the fairways) was a 2015 model Great Big Bertha. Uniquely, rather than one sliding weight at the rear of the sole for adjusting ball flight, it has two. These models were never available for sale to the general public and were provided only to Callaway Tour staff members.
Kisner’s Winning Equipment:
Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha 8.5 degrees 2015 model (Aldila NV 2KXV Green 65TX shaft)
Fairway wood: Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic 13.5 degrees (Aldila NV 2KXV Green 75TX shaft)
Hybrid: Callaway Epic 18 degrees (Matrix Ozik Altus Hybrid shaft)
Irons: 3-utility Callaway Apex UI and 4- through 9-iron Apex Pro 16 (Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 120 TX shafts)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 47- and 52-degrees loft plus Callaway MD3 Milled 58 degrees (Nippon WV 125 X shafts)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #7 introduced in 2013
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Ball Count: Of the 120 in the Dean & Deluca Invitational field, Titleist again was the most played ball with 85 players including winner Kisner.
Spieth Changes Again: Last week at the Byron Nelson Dallas-native Jordan Spieth created a small storm of social media postings over his switch to a Scotty Cameron T5W Tour mallet putter from the Scotty Cameron 009 Prototype blade he has used so successfully. This week at Colonial he went back with the old faithful blade and there was almost no mention on social media…go figure.
Red Putters: As we have noted several times this year the TaylorMade Spider Tour putter is the most played single model week after week and has more Tour wins and top-tens than any other. Available in three colors–red, black and platinum–it was all started by Jason Day wanting a putter in the same color as the infamous redback spider of his native Australia. At Colonial Odyssey, one of the putter brands of Callaway Golf, previewed new O-Works micro-hinge models in a shade that’s close to the red of the TMaG Spider Tour. Callaway says the new color was at the request of their Tour staff players—you think?
Latest from Bettinardi: Bob Bettinardi salutes our military with the BB1 Armageddon putter ($550) with a Picatinny rail-inspired topline using one painted alignment line in the center. The face is his tactical FIT (Feel Impact Technology) design milled in a soft carbon steel head and each has a Flat Dark Earth TPT finish.
Premium Epic Irons: Callaway Golf introduced irons and hybrids to go along with their number one selling GBB Epic driver. The irons have the, what is now well-known Exo-Cage construction, their Next-Generation 360 Face Cup with an optimized center of gravity from Callaway’s Multi-Material Standing Wave design. Epic irons and the stablemate Epic Pro irons start at an eight-piece set price of $2,000 or $250 per iron with steel shafts. Graphite shafts raise the price to $280 each which is the same pricing on the Epic hybrids. At this price level Epic irons are definitely in the upper end of the price spectrum. For comparison Callaway’s Steelhead XR, presently the number one iron on the market, is $100 per club with steel shafts.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?