Hybrids are elementary for Watson


Before the Open Championship, Tom Watson removed his Adams Puglielli 52-degree wedge from his bag in favor of an extra hybrid – an Adams Idea Pro (20 degrees). It was one of two hybrids in Watson’s bag (the other an 18 degree) and 28 Adams hybrids in play at Turnberry, the most in the field. Among the other players to employ Adams hybrids in Scotland were John Daly (Idea Pro, 14 and 18 degrees), Vijay Singh, Chad Campbell and low amateur Matteo Manassero of Italy. Singh has been known to play as many as three Idea a3 hybrids at times, most recently at last month's U.S. Open.

The true MVP of clubs in Watson’s near-historic march to the Claret Jug at age 59 was his Adams Speedline driver (9.5 degrees). Watson averaged 295 yards per drive for the week, nearly six yards longer than the combined average of the rest of the field. Also in Watson’s bag at Turnberry: Adams Insight hybrid-fairway wood (14.5 degrees), Adams Idea Pro irons (3-PW), Adams Tom Watson wedge (56 degrees), Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7 putter, and Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.

Stewart Cink, who defeated Watson in a four-hole playoff to win the Open Championship, played a Nike SQ Sumo2 Tour driver. That happens to be the same driver that Lucas Glover used to win the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. Until the U.S. Open, square-headed drivers were 0 for the majors; now, they’ve won back-to-back major championships. This bit of news could bode well for Carl Pettersson at the PGA Championship next month, as he is the only other Nike staff player to use the Sumo2.

Click here to check out Stewart Cink's full bag.