You would think being only one back going into the final round of any tournament, especially a major championship, and if you shot a 65 you would win. Not at the Open Championship when Phil Mickelson did just that on Sunday but ran into the relentless Henrik Stenson who tied the lowest round the history for a major with a 63 besting Mickelson’s four round total by three strokes.
With Stenson at -20 and Mickelson second at -17 (and his own 63 in Thursday’s round) they were 14 and 11 strokes respectively ahead of the “B Flight” winner, oops I mean the third place finisher, J.B. Holmes.
It was the first major championship for Stenson, a native of Sweden, and he and Lefty are both endorsers of Callaway Golf equipment. Not supplied by Callaway (at least not officially) was Mickelson’s unique way to hold his hat on during the high winds of the Scottish coast, a metal binder clip like those used to hold paper reports together. He conceded the clip might not look great but it worked.
Stenson’s driver, the XR 16 set at 9 degrees, has an Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited 60x shaft 45 inches in length. Callaway is making note of the fact this is the third major of 2016 for players using an XR 16 series driver with Danny Willett playing one in his victory at the Masters and LPGA star and world number one Lydia Ko taking the ANA Inspiration with an XR 16 Pro.
Stenson began using the driver in January and won with it last month at the BMW International Open.
His fairway wood, the Diablo Octane Tour (13 degrees) with a Grafalloy Blue X shaft was his go-to club for many tee shots on the difficult wind swept Royal Troon course and it never let him down. This model was first introduced in 2010 but it’s safe to assume Stenson won’t be replacing it any time soon.
The irons used to tame Troon’s seemly impossible approach shots (that’s not even counting the “Postage Stamp” 100-yard par-3 that gave most players fits all week) are also older models. First seen in Asia in 2013, the Callaway Legacy Black irons have never been for sale in the U.S. but have design features now in the Apex line of irons. Stenson carries the 2-iron through pitching wedge with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour shafts. The 2-iron replaced the XR 16 4-wood that he has been carrying.
For wedges Stenson used designer Roger Cleveland’s latest, the Mack Daddy 3 model, of 52 and 58 degrees.
And the putter used to make all those birdies and par saves by Stenson was the Odyssey White Hot XG #7H cut to 34 ¼ inches and with 3.25 degrees loft. The shaft is a double bend fluted with full shaft offset.
The only departure from Callaway for Stenson, now the Champion Golfer of the Year, is the ball he played the Titleist Pro V1x.
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