Another Major for Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth won his third major championship in style, silencing those pundits who speculated there was a psychological hangover from his disastrous Sunday of the 2016 Masters. The young Texan, who became the youngest after Jack Nicklaus and Gene Sarazen to hold three legs career grand slam, lead wire to wire at Royal Birkdale except for one hole of Sunday’s inward nine. After a bogey on 13 to trail Matt Kuchar by a stroke he zoomed ahead with birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie on holes 14 through 17 to win by three.
Spieth played with a similar same set makeup as he used last month to win the Traveler’s Championship except for substituting the new Titleist 718 T-MB 3-iron for the Titleist 816H2 21-degree hybrid usually in the bag.
Speith’s Winning Gear for the Open Championship:
Driver: Titleist 915D2 9.5 degrees (Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70 X shaft)
Fairway wood: Titleist 915F 15 degrees (Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 X shaft)
Irons: 3-iron Titleist Prototype 718 T-MB (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 X shaft); 4-iron Titleist 716 T-MB and 5-iron through 9-iron Titleist 716 AP2 (Project X 6.5 shafts)
Wedges: 46, 52, 56 and 60 degree Titleist Vokey Design SM6 Raw (Project X 6.0 shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 009
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
- The Open by the Numbers: TaylorMade reports their Spider Tour was the most played single model of putter at the Open and their P750 Tour Proto irons took the single model iron count. Also and as no surprise TMaG M1 and M2 drivers won the driver count with 64 in play compared with 29 drivers for Titleist, 28 for Callaway and 19 for Ping.
- Ball count went to Titleist’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x with 103 competitors using one or the other versus 20 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was tops in hybrids with 12 plus overall iron count with 36 players using them. Vokey Design had the most approach, sand and lob wedges with 166 while Scotty Cameron brand putters were first choice with 55 in play.
- Lefty’s Missing Driver: Phil Mickelson decision to substitute a 64° wedge for his Callaway Epic Sub Zero driver generated a lot of attention but the 2013 Open champion had good, logical reasons for going without a one-wood. First, his primary goal off the tee was to stay out of the rough and more importantly out of the Royal Birkdale bunkers. Secondly, was gaining the versatility of an additional high-loft wedge for around the greens. Mickelson put a low spin 16° 3-iron in the bag and brought his famous Frankenwood, a 13-degree Callaway X Hot 3Deep 3-wood from four years ago, out of the closet.
- On Friday after shooting 73 on day one, the Sub Zero reappeared but it didn’t help much since Mickelson missed the cut with a 77. To be fair Lefty wasn’t the only one in a Friday slide as winds up to 30 mph and rain, heavy at times, pushed the field’s average score up by three shots over round one.
- Vokey Limited 56 Degree: Bob Vokey, master wedge maker, has introduced a $400 limited edition WedgeWorks Signature 56-degree loft wedge he says is “–the ultimate 56-degree. When I was learning about wedges from some of the best short game players, they could manipulate the face to execute all the shots they needed. This wedge was inspired by those players, with a sole shape to enable a variety of shots.” Each of the 50 in the limited edition is hand ground as are all his Signature wedges. Full details may found at Vokey.com.
- Barbasol: At the opposite field Barbasol Championship Titleist balls were the choice of 95 players in the 156-man field, six times the next brand with 16. Titleist also won the hybrid count with 30 and irons with 39 sets in play. Vokey Design Wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge category at 182.