If you thought you had heard the last of Groovegate, think again. The PGA Tour Policy Board is scheduled to meet this week at Pebble Beach to address the issue and at least one of the two players who put an old Ping Eye 2 wedge into play last week (Hunter Mahan) is in the field at the “Clambake.”
Interesting then that Dustin Johnson, this week’s defending champion, spent the lion’s share of his offseason working on his wedge game, but it had nothing to do with the shape or volume of grooves.
“We hit a lot of wedges just because he was ranked outside the top 150 in every wedge category,” Johnson’s coach, Allen Terrell, said. “He was going to hit wedges regardless of grooves.”
The payoff? Three top-16 finishes in four starts and an approach shot average from 50 to 75 yards that is 127 spots better than his 2009 ranking.