After some testing on Wednesday, J.B. Holmes kept his bag's makeup status quo and decided to skip the three-course rotation. He played the sublime Cypress Point Club, Alister MacKenzie’s masterpiece. Nice work if you can get it!
Jason Gore was looking for some firmer performance characteristics in his driver and as a result did make a switch in preparation for Thursday’s first round. For a little less spin, Jason switched from Aldila’s VooDoo XVS-8 shaft to UST Mamiya’s Proforce V2, and married the new shaft to the Cobra S9-1 Pro D (D is for deep face) driver; Gore had been playing the Cobra S9-1 Pro S (S is for shallow face). Jason likes the stiffer-feeling combination and Parker says they had great success with the pairing during his practice round on Pebble Beach Golf Links yesterday.
We all saw the excruciating pain Jason Gore was in last week as he suffered from extreme back spasms during play in the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. Jason gutted it out, however, finishing in a tie for 63rd after posting rounds of 80 and 75 on the weekend. Gore went home to Valencia, Calif., following play on Sunday to receive treatment for his back. Parker tells me that Gore’s back has held up well so far this week, although Gore did admit to the back feeling a little tired at the end of his practice round on Wednesday. I’m sure the Gore camp is hoping for the best when he puts the peg in the ground Thursday morning at Spyglass Hill.