Phil Mickelsons club rushed through approval


SAN DIEGO – We rattled the bushes to dig up some more on Phil Mickelson’s new Callaway driver. According to Mickelson, Callaway golf rushed the FT-9 model to the U.S. Golf Association for an expedited approval process.
Contacted on Friday, the USGA’s technical director Dick Rugge confirmed that the association will, on occasion, rush equipment through the process, but Rugge stressed that it is not done very often and the FT-9 was not expedited because it was for Mickelson.
“The company asked us to do it and we did,” said Rugge, who added that the normal approval process takes about 20 days. “They don’t abuse that. They do it once in a while and they really, really respect that.”