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Phil Mickelson is already in the World Golf Hall of Fame and added to his stellar resumé with a popular win Sunday against the elite 65-man WGC-Mexico Championship field that included 45 of the top 50 in the World Golf Rankings. It was Mickelson’s victory number 43 on the PGA Tour and 46th worldwide in a career that includes five major championships. This was his first victory since the 2013 Open Championship.

Of the 16 tournaments to date in the 2017-2018 season the WGC-Mexico was the eighth decided by a playoff as Lefty made a par to beat Justin Thomas who had jumped into first place at the end of regulation with a hole-out from the fairway for an eagle 2 on the 72nd hole.

Mickelson’s Winning Gear:

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver (9 degrees) – HZRDUS T1100 shaft
Fairway wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (13.5 degrees) – Fubuki J shaft
Hybrid: Callaway Rogue (19 degrees) – KBS Hybrid shaft
Irons: Callaway Epic Pro (4 iron) & Callaway X Forged 18 (5-PW) – all KBS Tour V 125 shafts
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (56, 60 & 64 degrees) – KBS Tour V 125 shafts
Putter: Odyssey Versa #9 White
Ball: Chrome Soft X

The Rogue hybrid was put in the bag for the first time this week and built for him at the Ely Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad, Calif. Mickelson tried it last Sunday for the first time while practicing there since he had opted out of playing in the Honda Classic.

Callaway is currently the #1 selling hybrid brand in the U.S. and the Rogue is the first hybrid to have their Jailbreak technology, which consists of two steel rods inside the head connecting the sole and crown. This connection reduces the amount of flex of the crown at impact and redirects energy to the face for more ball speed. Mickelson has said he likes to use it when the landing area is tight off the tee and many holes on the Club de Golf Chapultepec layout have that requirement.

In Case Anyone Should Ask:

WGC-Mexico Counts: Drivers played by the 65 pros at the Club de Golf Chapultepec – 22 or 34% are either TaylorMade M3 or M4, 15 drivers/23% Titleist, 14 drivers/22% Callaway and 8 drivers/12% Ping. Golf balls in the field – Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x 45 or 69% and Callaway Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X 10 or 16%. Titleist was also the choice in hybrids (25/38%) and irons (18/28%). Vokey Design Wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (43%) category while Scotty Cameron led the putter count with 27/42% of players.

USGA Changes Playoff: Should the U.S. Open be tied at the end of the regulation 72 holes no longer will an 18-hole playoff decide the championship. A two-hole aggregate score playoff will now be used, a change that has left many unsure as to the reasoning in spite of the explanations offered by the Association. In addition to the U.S. Open this decision, which is effective immediately, applies to the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open. All playoffs on the PGA Tour are sudden death as is the Masters while the British Open uses a 4-hole aggregate score and the PGA Championship a 3-hole aggregate score.

X-HI Driving Iron: Bridgestone has a limited-edition utility iron sold usually in Japan they are tagging a Driving Iron called the Tour B X-HI with very limited distribution, in fact it is only being sold on bridgestonegolf.com. Available in a 3 iron of 20-degrees loft even with its hollow body construction and a wide sole it may not be a good choice for higher handicap players. If you are interested the price is $189.99. [insert Bridgestone_Driving_Iron]

Global Golf: The battle between brick and mortar and online retailers has become more heated with a try-before-you-buy program from Global Golf which addresses the problem of not being able to hit clubs prior to purchase over the Internet. Select one or two clubs–right now there is a choice of seven driver and seven fairway wood brands–and hit them for 14 days for $25 per club which is deducted from the club price if you decide to buy. GlobalGolf.com, the largest Internet retailer of new and used golf equipment and the parent company, Global Value Commerce, also run TaylorMadeGolfPreOwned.com, GolfShoesOnly.com, and FairwayStyles.com. Sales in 2016 were $52.9 million—up 15% over 2015–and the 16th year in a row of sales growth. The National Golf Foundation named them as one of the Top 100 Businesses in Golf.

Optix Red: The super low compression Wilson Staff Duo Soft had a selection of easy-to-see colors that has been joined by Optix Red at the same $19.99 per dozen price. The Duo Soft is a 29 compression in the distance-ball category with a 302-dimple ionomer cover. [insert wgwp42000_dou_soft] WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?