Choi buys irons off the rack, shoots 72 at Memorial


Unlike at most PGA Tour events, Jack Nicklaus doesn’t allow equipment manufacturer vans on site at The Memorial Tournament. So what happens if a competitor wants to make a change to his bag? Well, in the case of K.J. Choi, he goes shopping.

A noted tinkerer and tweaker, Choi showed up at a local Golf Galaxy retail store this week and purchased a set of Mizuno MP-64 irons (4-iron through pitching wedge) off the rack.

So far, so good. Choi opened with an even-par 72 at Muirfield Village that included four birdies. His iron play wasn’t spectacular, but certainly wasn’t poor, either. He hit 12-of-18 greens in regulation and had an average distance to the pin of 31 feet, 5 inches.

According to a store employee, the eight-time PGA Tour winner tested numerous sets of clubs, but found varied swing weights in all but the MP-64s.

While it’s uncommon for a top-level professional golfer to pick up a set of irons at a retail store, others have used store-bought clubs with a spectrum of success. Notably, Jim Furyk purchased a putter for $39 at a retail store outside Boston in 2010, and a few weeks later, used it to win the Tour Championship.