Harman Birdies Final Two Holes For The Win
Though most of the big names stayed away from the Wells Fargo Championship left-hander Brian Harman overcame a tough course and windy conditions to win with a birdie on the 72nd hole. Played this year at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C. since the usual venue, Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, hosts the PGA Championship in August and players were unanimous in their praise of the Eagle Point course.
Interest was high also for the return of world number one and money list number one Dustin Johnson after the injury from a fall which caused him to miss the Masters. Johnson played without pain and finished in a tie for second preparing for next week, the almost-a-major, THE PLAYERS.
Harman, who was born 200 miles south of Wilmington in Savannah, Ga., adds another win in the column for TaylorMade Golf woods carrying not only their M2 driver but also the fairway woods. This is his second Tour win, the first being the 2014 John Deere Classic.
Harman’s Winning Gear:
- Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 9.5 degrees, Aldila Rogue Silver 60 S shaft
- Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 2017 15 degrees, Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 661 shaft and TaylorMade M2 2017 18 degrees, Fujikura Speeder 757 shaft
- Irons: 3 – through 9-iron Titleist 716 CB, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
- Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 Raw 46- and 50-degrees and TaylorMade Tour Preferred xFT 60-degrees, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
- Putter: TaylorMade Spider OS CB
- Ball: Titleist Pro V1
At the Wells Fargo Championship of the 156 player field, according to Titleist, 111 played either the Pro V1 or Pro V1x while the nearest competitor had 16 playing their ball. TaylorMade announced 74 in the field player either their M1 or M2 driver and nine of the top-10 finishers played their woods.
Wilson Golf is calling for entries to participate in season two of Driver vs. Driver. In last year’s Golf Channel show Eric Sillies won the first prize of $500,000. His idea resulted in the Triton driver now being sold by Wilson. Driver vs. Driver 2 will air in the fall of 2018
Newbie driver maker Vertical Groove Golf had five players at the PGA Tour Champions event, the Insperity Invitational, this past weekend playing their driver which has a vertically grooved face rather than the usual horizontal grooves. Besides Rocca Mediate tournament winner John Daly put it in play.
TaylorMade Golf is justifiably touting the Spider Tour putter being used by 12 to 15 players each week on the PGA Tour including Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day and Jon Rahm. It has been the number one model each of the past 13 weeks and they tell me it has the most wins in the past year of any putter model.
JP wedges are back and under the Titleist brand umbrella. James Patrick Harrington, a wedge designer with an almost cult following, joined Titleist four years ago and his first creations are now available but only after a personalized fitting session costing $2,000. Included in the price are three custom wedges.
Rory McIlroy has been somewhat circumspect about what clubs he will use since his former club supplier Nike Golf dropped out of the club business. That move last summer left not only McIlroy without an equipment sponsorship but several dozen other pros worldwide including Tiger Woods. McIlroy has been using a Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Sub Zero driver, but now has signed with TaylorMade. He will have an M1 in the bag just in time for THE PLAYERS.
Here’s the complete TaylorMade bag McIlroy will use in Ponte Vedra:
- M2 Driver / 9.5° / MCG Kuro Kage Silver 70 XTS
- ’17 M2 Tour Fairway / 13.5° / MCG Tensei CK Blue 90TX
- ’17 M2 Tour Fairway / 19° / Fujikura Composites Pro P95X
- P750 Tour Proto Irons / 3-4 / True Temper Project X 7.0
- “Rors Proto” Irons / 5-9 / True Temper Project X 7.0
- Milled Grind Wedges / 48°, 54° & 60°/ True Temper Project X 6.5
- TP5x Golf Ball / #22
Callaway reports that for the third consecutive month the Great Big Bertha Epic driver held the top sales position in the U.S. over all other brands.
Finally, if you don’t believe iron specifications are important take a page from Patrick Reed’s book. He had missed five cuts in a row when he figured out the loft and lie of his irons was off. After having had them readjusted he posted a tie for 14th in the Zurich Classic and was in the mix for the Wells Fargo Championship.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?