At 37, Woods remains a fascinating mystery

By Joe PosnanskiJuly 19, 2013, 5:22 pm

Everything about Tiger Woods has grown familiar over the years. Here he is, once again, up on the leaderboard at the British Open heading into the weekend, and is there any move of his that we haven’t seen before? Think about it: How many times have we seen him let go of his club on the backswing after he hit a poor shot? How many times have seen him erupt with joy just an instant before the ball dropped into the cup? How many times have we seen him make that hand motion – that ball was supposed to ROLL RIGHT! – after a putt slides by the hole?

How many times have we seen that placid look on his face as he watches a shot he knows is good, one he knows will bounce and dance around the flagstick and induce those massive and slightly astonished cheers that are reserved for home run hitters and goal scorers and golfers who it close?

He’s utterly familiar. And, at the same time, he’s thoroughly unknown. It’s probable that no athlete in American sports history has answered so many questions while saying quite as little as Woods. He’s something of a genius that way. He might be the most famous athlete in the world*, and yet, what do we know about him?

*Based on my unscientific survey, the five most famous athletes in the world are: Tiger Woods, Lionel Messi, LeBron James, Usain Bolt and David Beckham with Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, and Kobe Bryant close behind.

I can think of seven things we know for sure:

1. He’s 37 years old.

2. He’s generally pleased with his game but would like to make more putts.

3. He still intends to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships.

4. He’s generally pleased with his putting but has to give himself more chances.

5. He’s dating Lindsey Vonn and they are happy.

6. Yes, he feels in position to win.

7. He’s feeling fine. At least as far as you need to know.

In a sense, almost every answer he gives in the many, many news conferences through the years touches one of those seven themes. Woods has always fascinated everyone: He was fascinating as a golfing prodigy hitting shots on “That’s Incredible”; fascinating as a teenager winning three consecutive U.S. Amateurs; fascinating when he ran away with the Masters at age 21; fascinating when he won those four major championships in a row for the greatest run of golf in the history of the game; fascinating when he won the U.S. Open on one leg; and yes, sadly, fascinating when his private life spilled into the tabloids as he was exposed for all to see.

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But, this might be the most fascinating he has ever been. He is 37 years old, closing in on 38. He’s still the best player in the world – back in golden position at another British Open – but he has not won a major championship in five years. He is a father, his body is susceptible to injury, his swing finally seems locked in, his putting fluctuates from brilliant to shaky and back again. He is playing for history, as always, but for the first time in his amazing career the odds seem against him. He seems to be trying to be more accommodating and less emotional, and his efforts are very much a work in progress.

And he answers question after question after question without really revealing how he feels about any of it.

Only maybe now and again, in his words, he does reveal a little something. You just have to look a bit closer at his answers.

TIGER WOODS is growing a bit more nostalgic as he gets older.

It used to be that Woods never looked back, at least publicly. Efforts to get him to relive a great shot or a great victory were often met with curt responses or, just as often, no responses at all. The point was obvious: Woods looked forward not backward. He was not interested in remembering his first Masters win or the way he lapped the field at the U.S. Open – he was focused on winning the NEXT Masters and the NEXT U.S. Open.

But Woods is now an older golfer. He may not be close to the end, but golfers at 37 are on the downhill portion of their careers. And so, it is OK for Woods to admit that, yes, he will think about the past – like he did in January when he was asked about his last major championship, that amazing U.S. Open victory when his knee was torn up so much that that he grimaced on almost every shot.

Photos: Woods' major-championship finishes

“I do look at that week often,” he said. “I remember several things. No. 1 that comes to my mind every time I look at it or see highlights of it is just pure pain that I was in. I don’t ever want to experience that again. … There are amazing things but, man, here I am just talking about it and my hands are sweating just thinking about the feeling I had to get through each and every day.”

This seems something new for Woods. He never seemed willing to journey back to those moments. He never seemed to publicly enjoy or relish the extraordinary things he did. He was so good, so ridiculously good, and he always played it cool, like it was all expected, like nothing he did could surprise or impress him. His U.S. Open victory on one leg is one of the greatest performances in golf history, not far behind Ben Hogan’s unparalleled U.S. Open victory barely more than a year after a near-fatal car accident. It seems Woods, now, can look back and, while grimacing, admire it.

TIGER WOODS is as determined as ever not to show weakness.

Woods’ quote: “You never want to let any of the guys know you’re hurt in any sport, doesn’t matter, ever.”

Golf is different from most other sports in that you are not really battling a competitor. You are battling a golf course. In other sports, it makes sense not to show weakness because opponents can take advantage. In football, a limping cornerback will inspire a quarterback to throw deep. In basketball, an injured player will usually be isolated on the defensive end. In tennis, a player with a pulled hamstring will probably face a bunch of drop shots and be moved side to side.

But why worry about such things in golf? If Woods is injured, so what? It’s not like any of the golfers can adjust their games to do anything about it.

Photos: Woods through the years

And Woods admits now he has been injured – the last few years, he has dealt with many injuries, some more serious than others, all of them preventing him from being the player he had been. He says he finally feels good now. But, of course, he said he felt good then too … this is the point. It’s a mystery. He wants it to be a mystery. It’s a big part of who he is as an athlete.

See, part of Woods’ invincible aura has been, yes, his invincible aura. Sure, sometimes, he was just much better than anyone in the field – he won half his 14 majors by three strokes or more. On those weekends, it didn’t matter what anyone else did. He was going to win.

But just as often he won close tournaments, and he won in large part because he placed this extraordinary pressure on other golfers by simply being himself. They knew he wasn’t going to beat himself. They knew he wasn’t going to miss a series of putts or double bogey his chances away. So they had to go get him. Woods made other golfers go out of character, made them try to hit shots a little too perfectly, made them aim a little too close to the flagstick.

He worked very hard to seem invulnerable. And he is still working hard at it. Invulnerability goes beyond just health. Think about how many times Woods, no matter where he stood on the leaderboard, has said: “Yes, I have a good chance to win.” Think about how positively he spins his game even on a day when he misses a lot of putts or snap-hooks every other drive.

“Do you feel like you’re out of it?” he was asked after shooting poorly the second day at the Memorial.

“No,” he said, and he talked about the possible storm coming in, the winds possibly picking up and so on.

“Are you disappointed?” he was asked after he lost the first round at the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

“I played well, I really did, I hit a lot of good shots out there,” he said.

“How do you feel about your ball-striking?” he was asked after a rough day.

“I’m not too disappointed with that … I’m not far off,” he said.

“What do you make of not winning a major for five years,” he was asked leading into this British Open.

“I’ve been there in a bunch of them where I’ve had chances,” he said. “I just need to keep putting myself there and eventually I’ll get some.”

Always positive … always certain … always on the brink of a breakthrough. There’s a great story about Woods playing in an American Express corporate event years ago at Oakmont, this before the U.S. Open there. Some of the guests asked him if he would hit a golf ball out of the famous Church Pews bunker. He refused. They asked him again. He refused again. Then, they asked him if he would have a photo taken in the bunker, and he finally agreed, but he refused to bring his golf club with him.

“Why bring negativity into your thoughts,” he said.

TIGER WOODS is trying to use the doubts of others to fuel him.

Woods did not have to deal much with doubters as a young man. From the time he was a child, his father, Earl, had made it clear to him that he was destined to do remarkable things. That faith seemed to be the thing that drove him more than anything else. The long putts, the remarkable chips, the absurdly long drives … all of it just seemed part of an elaborate plan that had been in place for a long time. He wore red on Sundays because his mother, Kultida, believed it was his power color. And, wearing red, he won all the time.

After the knee injury, though, and after the scandal, the tenor changed. The plan had veered off course. In 2008, it seemed a virtual guarantee that he would break Nicklaus’ major championship record of 18 – would, in fact, soar by it, maybe win 25 of them or even 30. Only two or three years later, there were all sorts of questions about Woods’ health, his many swing changes, his erratic putting, his mindset, his coaches, his equipment. Perhaps the most interesting question was this: How would Woods deal with this kind of adversity for the first time in his life?

Now, every now and again, he lets loose a small sense of how he is dealing with it:

“Was there ever a time you questioned yourself?” he was asked before the Masters.

“No,” he said. “There wasn’t.”

“Are you surprised how well you are playing?” he was asked at The Players Championship.

“Am I surprised?” he asked back. “No. I know a lot of people in this room thought I was done. But I’m not.”

“Do you think you will be as good as you once were?” he was asked at the Arnold Palmer Invitational?

“I don’t want to become as good as I once was,” he said. “No I don’t. I want to become better.”

TIGER WOODS is feeling his age.

He is not feeling it the way some people might expect … he clearly does not believe age has diminished his game or puts any limits on how well he can play for the next five to 10 years. But every so often, he will say something that makes it clear: He understands the times are changing.

For instance, he was asked if he can understand what Rory McIlroy is going through with all the pressure on him to perform and be a superstar and with every word of his being analyzed to absurdity (sort of like Woods’ words in this article).

He said that in some ways he can relate. But in other ways … no, it’s different.

“This is a slightly different era as well,” he said. “It’s even faster than it was when I came out. Things are instantaneous around the world. We were still in fax machines, things were a little bit slower. … You’ve got to be more, just got to think about it a little bit more before you say something or do something. It can get out of hand.”

And when asked about how much golf has changed since he arrived on the scene, he said “It gets harder and harder with each generation. The talent pool gets better. The kids are getting more athletic. They’re going earlier. They’ll be turning pro earlier than even I did. When I first came out here at 20 that was like, whoa, you’re coming out here pretty early. Now we gets kids turning pro at 15, 16. It’s different.”

This is an experienced Woods. He has lived quite a bit of life. He has achieved the greatest heights in his sports history. He has also endured some spectacular lows. The fan bases have congealed – there are those people who love him and those who cannot stand him, and few of them are going to change sides now. Woods understands he’s not a kid anymore. He doesn’t run 30 miles a week now; his body can’t take that kind of stress. He allows himself an occasional break to think about what he’s done. He will sometimes even talk a little bit about fatherhood.

“It’s a beautiful juggling act,” he said when talking about fatherhood and being the world’s most famous golfer. “I think people who are all parents in here will certainly attest to that. That’s the joy in life and to be able to be part of their life and watch them grow and help them grow.”

And, like most of us older people, he believes that what he’s lost in youthful exuberance and energy, he’s more than made up with life experience.

He was asked at The Players Championship: “If you could play your 18-year-old self in match play …”

“I would win now,” he said.

“Would you win 9 and 8?” he was asked.

“I don’t care. As long as I won.”

THE OTHER DAY, on Nelson Mandela’s birthday, Woods was asked about the great man. A younger Woods might have answered with a series of platitudes about how much he admired Mandela, how much he enjoyed meeting him … but instead, Woods told a deeply personal and touching story.

“The first time I ever met President Mandela was in ’98,” he said. “I went down there to play Sun City, and he invited me to his home. And my father and I went to lunch with him. It still gives me chills to this day, thinking about it. A gentleman asked us to go into this side room over here and said, ‘President Mandela will join you in a little bit.’

“We walked in them room and my dad and I were just kind of looking around. And I said, ‘Dad, do you feel that?’ And he says, ‘Yeah, it feels different in this room.’ And it was just like a different energy in the room. We just looked at each other and just shrugged our shoulders and whatever.

“I’m guessing probably 30 seconds later, I heard some movement behind me. And it was President Mandela folding up the paper. And it was pretty amazing. The energy that he has, that he exudes, is unlike any person I’ve ever met. … That’s an experience I will never, ever forget.”

Of course, we can’t know Tiger Woods. Not really. He’s too famous, too driven, too insular to ever really be known. We don’t know how many major championship victories he has left in him. But I love this little story of a young Woods, with his father and best friend, feeling the presence of Nelson Mandela. It says something about him. No, of course, it doesn’t tell us anything about how he will play on Saturday or Sunday. If it did, he wouldn’t have told the story in the first place.

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Wie's goal to reach goals: Just. Stay. Healthy.

By Randall MellJanuary 23, 2018, 3:30 pm

Michelle Wie’s player bio should come with medical charts.

Her caddie would be well served if he could read X-rays as well as he reads greens.

Remarkably, Wie will begin her 13th full season as a pro when she tees it up Thursday in the LPGA’s season opener at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

Wie is only 28, but on some days, she must feel like she’s going on 40.

It isn’t the years, it’s the mileage. Her body has too often been like an exotic sports car, a sleek and powerful machine capable of thrilling rides ... when it isn’t sitting it in the shop for weeks for repairs. There’s been one breakdown after another, spoiling her rides.

That’s why one burning desire trumps all others for Wie as she begins this new year.

“Being healthy, staying healthy, it’s my No. 1 priority,” Wie told “I hired private physios at the end of last year, to work on my body. I’ve been working with my doctors in New York, and they’ve been doing a great job of getting me to a place where I’m pain free.

“For the most part, I’m feeling pretty good and pretty healthy. I’ve got little aches and pains from hitting so many balls over the years, but I’m really excited about starting this year. I feel really driven this year. I just want to be healthy so I can build some momentum and be able to play at 100 percent.”

Wie would love to see what she can do in an injury-free, illness-free year after all the promising work she put into rebuilding her game last year. She seemed on the brink of something special again.

“We worked last week, and Michelle looked really, really good,” said David Leadbetter, her swing coach. “It’s quite impressive the way she’s hitting the ball. She is hitting it long and feeling good about her game. So, the main goal really is to see if she can go injury free.”

After winning twice in 2014, including the U.S. Women’s Open, Wie battled through a troublesome finger injury in the second half of that year. Hip, knee and ankle injuries followed the next year. She didn’t just lose all her good momentum. She lost the swing she grooved.

Wie rebuilt it all last year, turning her draw into a dependable fade that allowed her to play more aggressively again. She loved being able to go hard at the ball again, without fearing where it might go. The confidence from that filtered into every part of her game. She started hitting more drivers again.

And Wie found yet another eccentric but effective putting method, abandoning her table-top putting stance for a rotating trio of grips (conventional, left-hand low and claw). She would use them all in a single round. It was weird science, but it worked as she moved to a more classic, upright stance.

“It’s not pretty, but it’s working,” Stacy Lewis said after playing with Wie at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last summer.

Wie said she’s going back and forth between conventional and left-hand low now.

“I can’t promise I’ll stay the same way all year,” Wie said. “But even with different grips, I stayed with the same putting philosophy all year. I want to keep doing that.”

Leadbetter calls Wie a rebel in her approach to the game. She’s a power player, but she carried a 9-wood and 11-wood last year. She says the 11-wood will be back in her bag this week. Her unorthodox ways go beyond technique, strategy and equipment. She’ll be sporting pink hair come Thursday.

“She has never been orthodox,” Leadbetter said. “She doesn’t like to conform. She’s always liked to buck the system in some way.”

Wie looked as if she were poised to make a run at her fifth career title last season. She logged six finishes of fourth place or better the first half of the year. She contended at the ANA Inspiration, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

And then a neck spasm knocked her out of the U.S. Women’s Open.

And then emergency appendectomy surgery knocked her out for six weeks at summer’s end. It kept her from playing the year’s final major, the Evian Championship.

“I can’t list all the injuries Michelle has had in her career,” Leadbetter said. “I don’t think there is one joint or bone in her body that hasn’t had some sort of injury or issue.”

Over the last three seasons alone, Wie has played through bursitis in her left hip, a bone spur in her left foot and inflammation in her left knee. She has battled neck spasms and back spasms. There have been platelet rich plasma injections to aid healing, and there have been too many cortisone injections for her liking.

There also have been ongoing issues in both wrists.

In fact, Wie, who broke two bones in her left wrist early in her career, is dealing with arthritic issues in both wrists of late. She underwent collagen injections this off season to try to be more pain free.

“I’ve had to pull back the last couple years, restrict the number of balls I hit, not practice as much as I would like, but I was able to put in a lot of work this offseason,” Wie said. “I’m excited about this year, but I’ve been smart about things.”

Leadbetter says he has been focusing on injury prevention when working with Wie. He worries about the stress that all the torque she creates can have on her body, with her powerful coil and the way she sometimes likes to hold off shots with her finish. His work, sometimes, is pulling her back from the tinkering she loves to do.

“Everything we do with her swing now is to help prevent injury,” he said.

Leadbetter relishes seeing what’s possible in 2018 if there are no setbacks.

“Michelle would be the first to admit she hasn’t reached anywhere near her potential,” Leadbetter said. “We all know what she is capable of. We’ve had fleeting glimpses. Now, it’s a matter of, ‘OK, let’s see if we can really fulfill the potential she’s had from a very young age.’

“She’s really enthusiastic about this year. She can’t wait to get back in the mix.”

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How Rahm can overtake DJ for OWGR No. 1 this week

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 2:50 pm

Editor's note: Information and text provided by Golf Channel's Official World Golf Ranking expert, Alan Robison.

Despite having fewer worldwide wins, fewer top-5 finishes, fewer top-25 finishes and more missed cuts over the past two years, Jon Rahm is poised to overtake Dustin Johnson for No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win in this week’s Farmers Insurance Open. 

The Rise of Rahm is meteoric, but how is this possible? After all, Rahm has five worldwide wins vs. eight for Johnson in the same span? 

We’ll start with the raw numbers over the 104-week cycle of the Official World Golf Ranking. These numbers include a win for Rahm in this week’s Farmers (the only way he could get to No. 1; DJ is not playing):

  Dustin Johnson Jon Rahm
Events   46 40
Wins  8 (1 major, 3 WGCs) 5 (3 PGA Tour, 2 Euro)
Top 5 finishes   20 16
Top 10 finishes  26 19
Top 25 finishes  37 26
MC or 0 OWGR Pts earned  4 7

Johnson leads Rahm in every possible category, so you may be wondering, again, how is Rahm replacing DJ possible? 

To understand this, you would need to understand the Official World Golf Ranking, which is all about the power of math, a recency bias and the divisor.

The ranking system can feel a bit overwhelming, so here are a couple of topline bullet points:

  • The ranking is a 104-week period (two years) that evaluates a player’s performance.
  • Events are given a certain weight and bigger events have a higher point total.
  • Majors are worth 100 points to the winner. The Players champ is given 80 points. From there, you will see events weighted in the 70s for most WGCs, down to 24 for PGA Tour events opposite WGCs and majors.
  • The number assigned to an event has to do with the quality of field – the more top 10/20/50/100 players that are in a field, the higher the weighting.

Next, you can look at how recent the event was to determine its true value to a player. Dustin Johnson’s 2016 U.S. Open victory was given 100 points, but now he’s only receiving 23.9 percent of its original weight. Conversely, Rahm’s win at the CareerBuilder Challenge was only worth 40 points, but because it happened on Sunday, he’s receiving the full allotment of points.

Why is DJ getting 23.9 percent of his U.S. Open total? Doesn’t that seem arbitrary? Actually, the OWGR has an intricate formula to determine the value of events. Any event a player has started in the previous 13 weeks is given full value. For the remaining 91 weeks, events drop off at a rate of 1.09 percent until they eventually fall off. Here’s an example:

  • Event 25 weeks ago: 86.96 percent of value
  • Event 50 weeks ago: 59.78 percent of value
  • Event 75 weeks ago: 32.61 percent of value
  • Event 100 weeks ago: 5.43 percent of value

With a win at Farmers, Rahm would have three victories and a runner-up finish inside the last 13 weeks.  That would total to 175.60, given full-point value. After this week, DJ would only have three events in the last 13 weeks and those finishes are T9-win-T14, for a total of 67.32.

Rahm is taking advantage of the full value for three of his five professional wins.

There is still one more important piece of the formula and that’s the divisor.

The OWGR has determined that each player must have a minimum number of events and a maximum number of events, in order to protect players.

For instance, when Rahm won the Farmers a year ago he received 54 points. It was his 13th event and if 13 had been his divisor he would have had an OWGR total of 4.15, immediately placing him inside the top 20. Instead, to be more fair, it’s divided by the minimum number of 40 events played, giving him 1.35, which was around 110th (Rahm, though, had received enough points in his other 12 events that his win moved him to 46th in the OWGR at the time).

The maximum number is as important as the minimum. Many players compete in up to 60 events over the course of two years. Instead of hurting them by counting every event, the OWGR only counts the 52 most recent events in the 104-week cycle.

Why is the divisor so important? Because math. If a player wins a major (100 points) and has the minimum divisor, that major is worth 2.5 points (100/40). A player winning that same major who has the max divisor (52 events) only gains 1.92 points.

In the case of Rahm and Johnson, it’s Rahm who is taking advantage of his divisor in attaining maximum value for his play. Here’s a table of what it would look like after this week (again calculating for a Rahm win) to help explain:

  Dustin Johnson Jon Rahm
Total points earned:  960.82 557.26
OWGR valued points 493.08 433.39
OWGR divisor/events 46 40
Projected OWGR after Farmers 10.72 10.83

What’s amazing about these numbers is that Rahm is still maintaining 77.78 percent of his original value on the points that he’s earned. As we said earlier, three wins are 100 percent. His Irish Open win is 81.82 percent, while even his 2017 Farmers victory is still earning 56.5 percent of its original value.

On the other side, DJ is only maintaining 51.3 percent of his total points earned.

And there you have it. The math favors Rahm, who is still on the outset of his career. Eventually, it will hurt him. But, for now – and right now – Rahm has an opportunity to take all of these numbers and turn them into the world’s No. 1 ranking.

To do that, the scenario is quite simple: Win this week.

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Stock Watch: Strange grumpy; Tiger Time again?

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 1:00 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Jon Rahm (+9%): This should put his whirlwind 17 months in the proper context: Rahm (38) has earned four worldwide titles in 25 fewer starts – or a full season quicker – than Jordan Spieth (63). This kid is special.

Tommy Fleetwood (+7%): Putting on a stripe show in windy conditions, the Englishman defended his title in Abu Dhabi (thanks to a back-nine 30) and capped a 52-week period in which he won three times, contended in majors and WGCs, and soared inside the top 15 in the world.

Sergio (+3%): Some wholesale equipment changes require months of adjustments. In Garcia’s case, it didn’t even take one start, as the new Callaway staffer dusted the field by five shots in Singapore.

Rory (+2%): Sure, it was a deflating Sunday finish, as he shot his worst round of the week and got whipped by Fleetwood, but big picture he looked refreshed and built some momentum for the rest of his pre-Masters slate. That’s progress.

Ken Duke (+1%): Looking ahead to the senior circuit, Duke, 48, still needs a place to play for the next few years. Hopefully a few sponsors saw what happened in Palm Springs, because his decision to sub in for an injured Corey Pavin for the second and third rounds – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard – was as selfless as it gets.


Austin Cook (-1%): The 54-hole leader in the desert, he closed with 75 – the worst score of anyone inside the top 40. Oy.

Phil (-2%): All of that pre-tournament optimism was tempered by the reality of his first missed cut to start the new year since 2009. Now ranked 45th in the world, his position inside the top 50 – a spot he’s occupied every week since November 1993 – is now in jeopardy.

Careful What You Wish For (-3%): Today’s young players might (foolishly) wish they could have faced Woods in his prime, but they’ll at least get a sense this week of the spectacle he creates. Playing his first Tour event in a year, and following an encouraging warmup in the Bahamas, his mere presence at Torrey is sure to leave everyone else to grind in obscurity.

Curtis Strange (-5%): The two-time U.S. Open champ took exception with the chummy nature of the CareerBuilder playoff, with Rahm and Andrew Landry chatting between shots. “Are you kidding me?” Strange tweeted. “Talking at all?” The quality of golf was superb, so clearly they didn’t need to give each other the silent treatment to summon their best.

Brooks Koepka (-8%): A bummer, the 27-year-old heading to the DL just as he was starting to come into his own. The partially torn tendon in his left wrist is expected to knock him out of action until the Masters, but who knows how long it’ll take him to return to game shape.

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x