Jon Rahm Wins Farmers Insurance Open
Jon Rahm made two eagles and two birdies on the final nine and a 65 for the round to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Club in La Jolla, Calif. by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan for his first professional victory.
Twenty-two year old Rahm, from Barrika, Spain, at 6 foot 2 inches and 220 pounds breaks the trend of some the recent Tour winners of a more diminutive stature but the 2016 Arizona State graduate is no stranger to winning. He is a former number one ranked amateur in the world and was the low amateur at last year’s U.S. Open.
After the U.S. Open he relinquished his amateur status signing an endorsement contract with TaylorMade Golf and is playing a full bag of the company’s equipment starting with the M2 2017 driver set to 10.5-degrees loft with an Aldila Tour 75TX shaft.
Fairway woods: 3-wood TaylorMade M1 2017 15 degrees (Aldila Tour Green 75TX shaft) 5-wood TaylorMade M1 2017 19 degrees (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X shaft)
Irons: 4-iron TaylorMade RSi TP UDI; 5-iron through pitching wedge TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto all with True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts
Wedges: 52-degree loft 9-degree bounce, 56-degree loft 12-degree bounce and 60-degree loft 10-degree bounce TaylorMade Milled Grind (True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Rahm plays the TMaG TP5x ball, a 5-layer Tour ball with a very low compression inner core, a progressively stiffer outer core and mantle encased in a rigid inner cover with a cast urethane outer cover. The TP5x and TP5 are constructed similarly except for the outer cover which on the TP5x is .020 inches and the TP5 .040 inches. The TP5x feels slightly firmer and launches somewhat higher while the TP5 has a softer feel with mid launch characteristics.
Tiger Misses Cut
The paring the first two days for Tiger Woods’ comeback effort at Torrey Pines probably did none of the three players any good since none survived the 36-hole cut. Playing with Woods were world number one Jason Day and 2016 Player of the Year Dustin Johnson. Woods toured around Torrey Pines North and South at 148 or four over par while Day managed three over par for the two rounds and Johnson was group medalist at two over.
The day before play started TaylorMade announced signing Woods for an endorsement deal paying an undisclosed amount of money but it meant all three players in the Thursday/Friday pairing were in the TMaG stable. The announcement confirmed the many rumors but was of little surprise since Woods had played their woods at the Hero World Challenge. It is expected he will switch to TMaG Proto P750 irons as soon as a set meets his approval but for now Woods is sticking with his Nike VR Forged from three years ago.
It is also expected Woods bag for this week at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai will be the same as at Torrey Pines.
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2016 9.5-degrees loft (Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 70TX shaft)
Fairway woods: 3-wood TaylorMade M2 2017 13 degrees and 5-wood M1 19 degrees (Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 90TX shafts)
Irons: 3-iron through pitching wedge Nike VR Pro (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: 56 degrees and 60 degrees Nike VR Forged (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
Ball: Bridgestone B330S
Images courtesy of TaylorMade Golf
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