What's in the Bag: European Ryder Cup team

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 2, 2012, 3:31 pm

European Ryder Cup team

Nicolas Colsaerts

Driver: Callaway Razr Hawk Tour (9.5 degree; Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.1 shaft)

Fairway Wood: Titleist 910Fd 3-wood (15 degree; Fujikura Rombax 8X07 shaft)

Iron (2): Mizuno Fli-Hi

Irons (3-PW): Callaway Prototype (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (53 and 59 degree)

Putter: Odyssey Black Series-i #1

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Footwear: FootJoy FJ Icon

Glove: FootJoy StaSof


Luke Donald

Driver: TaylorMade RBZ (9.5 degree; Accra XC 65x shaft)

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade RBZ 3-wood (15 degree; Accra XC 75x shaft)

Hybrid: Mizuno CLK FliHi (17 degree; Aldila NV 85x shaft)

Irons (3-PW): Mizuno MP-64 (True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts)

Wedges: Mizuno MP-T4 (54 and 60 degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG #7

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Footwear: Adidas


Sergio Garcia

Driver: TaylorMade R11S (9 degree; Mitsubishi Diamana 103x shaft)

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade RBZ 3-wood (15 degree; Mitsubishi Ahina 70x shaft) and TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 5-wood (18 degree; Mitsubishi Diamana 103x shaft)

Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro prototype 2G18 shafts)

Wedges: TaylorMade ATV (50 and 58 degree)

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Tour MA-81

Ball: TaylorMade Penta TP

Footwear: Adidas Golf Crossflex


Peter Hanson

Driver: TaylorMade R11S (8 degree; Accra 65x shaft)

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 3-wood (13.5 degree; Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li 80x shaft)

Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue 11 TP (18 degree; Aldila VS Proto 105x shaft)

Irons (4-PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4 (52, 56 and 60 degree)

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider S prototype

Ball: TaylorMade Penta TP5

Footwear: Adidas Golf ATV


Martin Kaymer

Driver: TaylorMade RBZ Tour (8 degree; Mitsubishi Fubuki Alpha 70x shaft)

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour TP 3-wood (13.5 degree; Mitsubishi Fubuki Tour 73x shaft)

Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue 11 (16 degree; Mitsubishi Fubuki shaft)

Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade RAC TP (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour shafts)

Wedges: TaylorMade TP XFT ZTP (54 and 58 degree)

Putter: Ping Anser 2

Ball: TaylorMade Penta TP

Footwear: Adidas


Paul Lawrie

Driver: TaylorMade R11

Fairway Wood: Callaway FT Tour 3-wood (15 degree)

Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue (19 degree)

Irons (3-PW): Wilson Staff FG Tour

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4 (52 and 60 degree)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Footwear: FootJoy FJ Icon

Glove: FootJoy


Graeme McDowell

Driver: Cleveland Classic 290 (9 degree; Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 56x shaft)

Fairway Wood: Cleveland Launcher FL 3-wood (14 degree; Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 72x shaft)

Hybrids: Adams Idea Pro a12 (17 degree; Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 83x shaft) and Adams idea a7 (22 degree; Matrix Ozik Altus X shaft)

Irons (4-9): Srixon Z-TX II (Project X 6.5 shafts)

Wedges: Cleveland 588 Forged (48, 52 and 58 degree; Project X 6.5 shafts)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot #7

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV Pure White


Rory McIlroy

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degree; Mitsubishi Diamana prototype 70x shaft)

Fairway Woods: Titleist 913Fd 3-wood (13.5 degree; Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shaft) and Titleist 913Fd 5-wood (18 degree; Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shaft)

Irons (3-9): Titleist 712MB (Project X 6.5 shafts)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design (46, 54 and 60 degree; Project X 6.5 shafts)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Footwear: FootJoy FJ Sport

Glove: FootJoy Pure Touch Limited

Grips: Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound Yellow


Francesco Molinari

Driver: Nike VR_S (9.5 degree; Project X 6A4 shaft)

Fairway Wood: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood (15 degree)

Hybrid: Nike VR Pro (19 and 21 degree)

Irons (4-PW): Nike VR Pro Blade

Wedges: Nike VR Pro (52 and 58 degree)

Putter: Nike Method Core prototype

Ball: Nike 20XI X

Footwear: Nike Lunar Control


Ian Poulter

Driver: Cobra ZL Encore white (8.5 degree; Aldila RIP Phenom 50x shaft)

Fairway Wood: Cobra AMP 3-wood (14 degree; Project X 7B3 shafts)

Hybrids: Cobra Baffler Rail (17.5 degree; Matrix Ozik 85x shaft) and Titleist 909H (21 degree; Aldila NV 85x shaft)

Irons (4-6): Cobra S3 Pro CB (Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)

Irons (7-PW): Cobra S3 Pro MB (Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design (54 and 62 degree; Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG #7

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x


Justin Rose

Driver: TaylorMade RBZ (9.5 degree; Matrix Ozik TP6HD shaft)

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade RBZ 3-wood (15 degree; Matrix Ozik 7M3 Black Tie shaft)

Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue 11 (19 degree; KBS FST Hybrid shaft)

Irons (4-PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (KBS Tour C-Taper shafts)

Wedges: TaylorMade ATV (52 and 56 degree) and Cleveland 588 (60 degree)

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Tour DA-12 prototype

Ball: TaylorMade Penta TP5

Footwear: Adidas Golf adicross

Grips: Lamkin Performance Plus 3GEN


Lee Westwood

Driver: Ping G10 (9 degree; Aldila XNV6 shaft)

Fairway Woods: Ping Anser 3-wood (15 degree) and Ping Anser 5-wood (18 degree; Aldila NV 75x shaft)

Irons (3-PW): Ping i20

Wedges: Ping Tour W (54 and 58 degree)

Putter: Ping Anser Milled 1

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Footwear: FootJoy FJ Sport

Glove: FootJoy SciFlex


Other Tournaments

Branden Grace

Sunshine Tour: Vodacom Origins of Golf

Driver: Callaway Razr Fit (8.5 degree)

Fairway Wood: Callaway Razr Fit 3-wood

Hybrid: Callaway X Utility Prototype (18 degree)

Irons (3-PW): Callaway X Forged

Wedges: Callaway X Forged (52 and 60 degree)

Putter: Odyssey Black Series i Tour Design Wide

Ball: Callaway Hex Black Tour


Russell Henley

Web.com Tour: Chiquita Classic

Driver: Nike VR_S (9.5 degree)

Fairway Wood: Nike SQ ll 3-wood (13 degree)

Hybrid: Nike VR Pro (18 degree)

Irons (3, 5-6): Nike VR Pro Cavity

Irons (7-9): Nike VR Pro Combo

Wedges: Nike VR Pro (47, 51, 55 and 59 degree)

Putter: Nike Method 006 prototype

Ball: Nike 20Xi X

Footwear: Nike Lunar Control

Simpson WDs from RSM, tweets his father is ill

By Rex HoggardNovember 18, 2017, 10:45 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Following rounds of 67-68, Webb Simpson was in 12th place entering the weekend at the RSM Classic before he withdrew prior to Saturday’s third round.

On Saturday afternoon, Simpson tweeted that he withdrew due to an illness in his family.

“Thanks to [Davis Love III] for being such a great tournament host. I [withdrew] due to my dad being sick and living his last days,” Simpson posted on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.


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Simpson’s father, Sam, caddied for his son during amateur events, and Webb Simpson started playing golf after following his father to the course on family vacations to North Carolina.

“My dad is probably the kindest man I know. He’s always been the guy who knew everyone, everyone knew him, everyone wanted to be around him,” Simpson said in a 2015 interview with David Feherty. “He taught me the game. He’s always been one of those dads who loved to be active with their kids.”

Before play began on Thursday, Luke Donald withdrew after being hospitalized with chest pain. Tests indicated the Englishman’s heart was fine and he returned home to undergo more tests.

New old putter helps Kirk (64) jump into contention

By Rex HoggardNovember 18, 2017, 10:43 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Chris Kirk’s ball-striking has been nearly flawless this fall. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for his putting.

In four events this season, Kirk ranks 143rd in strokes gained: putting, but his fortunes have changed this week, thanks at least in part to a return to something familiar.

Kirk switched to an older style of putter similar to the one he used on the Web.com Tour in 2010 to earn his PGA Tour card.

“It's nice to be back in contention again,” said Kirk, who is alone in second place, three strokes behind front-runner Austin Cook. “It's been a little while for me. But I felt great out there today, I felt really comfortable, and so hopefully it will be the same way tomorrow.”


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Kirk is 25th in strokes gained: putting this week and has converted several crucial putts, including a 30-footer for birdie at the 17th hole on his way to a third-round 64.

His putting is similar to 2013 when he won the RSM Classic, and his improved play on the greens has given the 32-year-old confidence going into Sunday’s final round.

“I'll probably be relatively comfortable in that situation, and thankfully I've been there before,” Kirk said. “It's still not easy by any means, but hopefully I'll be able to group together a bunch of good shots and see what it gives me.”

Rookie Cook (66) handling RSM like a pro

By Rex HoggardNovember 18, 2017, 10:24 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Of all the impressive statistics Austin Cook has put up this week at the RSM Classic – he is first in strokes gained: tee to green, strokes gained: approach to the green and scrambling – the one number that stands out is 49.

That’s how many holes Cook went this week without a bogey or worse, a moment that prompted his caddie, Kip Henley, to joke, “The dream is over.”

That loss of momentum at the 14th hole didn’t last long, with the PGA Tour rookie making birdie at the next hole on his way to a third-round 66 and a three-stroke lead.

“Bouncing back from any bogey with a birdie is nice and helps get the number right back. Being my only bogey of the week so far, it was really nice to be able to get that back on the next hole,” said Cook, who leads Chris Kirk at 18 under par. “Going into tomorrow with a three-shot lead instead of a two-shot lead I think is crucial.”


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Although this is the first time Cook has held a 54-hole lead on the Tour, in fact it’s just his fourth start as a Tour member, he has experienced Sunday pressure before. In 2015, he began the final round at the Shell Houston Open one stroke off the lead held by Jordan Spieth.

“Back then my game was good as well, but mentally I've grown a lot and matured a lot and been able to kind of just let small things on the golf course roll off my shoulder instead of getting tied up in one little small mistake,” said Cook, who closed with a 75 at the ’15 Shell Houston Open to tie for 11th.

Park collapses; leaderboard chaos at CME

By Nick MentaNovember 18, 2017, 8:47 pm

Sung-Hyun Park started the day with a three-shot lead and slowly gave it all back over the course of a 3-over 75, leaving the CME Group Tour Championship and a host of season-long prizes up for grabs in Naples. Here’s where things stand through 54 holes at the LPGA finale, where Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn, Suzann Pettersen and Kim Kaufman share the lead.

Leaderboard: Kaufman (-10), Wie (-10), Jutanugarn (-10), Pettersen (-10), Stacy Lewis (-9), Karine Icher (-9), Austin Ernst (-9), Lexi Thompson (-9), Jessica Korda (-9), Pernilla Lindberg (-9)

What it means: It wasn’t the Saturday she wanted, but Park, who already wrapped up the Rookie of the Year Award, is still in position for the sweep of all sweeps. With a victory Sunday, she would claim the CME Group Tour Championship, the Race to CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, and the money title, as she ascends to No. 1 in the Rolex world ranking. Meanwhile, Thompson, too, could take the $1 million and Player of the Year. As those two battle for season-long prizes, a host of other notable names – Wie, Jutanugarn, Pettersen, Korda, Lewis and Charley Hull (-8) – will fight for the Tour Championship.

Round of the day: Kaufman made four birdies on each side in a bogey-free 8 under-par 64. A lesser-known name on a stacked leaderboard, she seeks her first LPGA victory.

Best of the rest: Amy Yang will start the final round two behind after a 7-under 65. The three-time LPGA Tour winner could pick up her second title of the season after taking the Honda LPGA Thailand in February.

Biggest disappointment: On a day that featured plenty of low scores from plenty of big names, Lydia Ko dropped 11 spots down the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd with a Saturday 72. The former world No. 1 needed two birdies in her last five holes to fight her way back to even par. Winless this season, she’ll start Sunday four back, at 6 under.

Shot of the day: I.K. Kim aced the par-3 12th from 171 yards when her ball landed on the front of the green and tracked all the way to the hole.

Kim, oddly enough, signed her name to a scorecard that featured a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. It was all part of a 1-under 71.