Tyrrell Hatton called it a dream come true as he claimed victory at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England, the flagship event on the European Tour. It was his 4th career euro tour win and it moved him to #10 in the world golf rankings. But his victory also sparked headlines and debate among golf purists for another reason…he did it while wearing a hoodie. This certain piece of layering outerwear has been popular among casual athletic circles for years, but with athleisure wear becoming more acceptable and popular, this isn’t the first time a hoodie has shown up on the pro golf scene. Justin Thomas and Billy Horschel have been known to sport their Polo by Ralph Lauren versions from time to time, but this is the first time a winner has dawned one. Hatton opted for the Adidas Cold RDY version which is extremely comfortable and helps you battle the cooler air without making you feel bundled up and restricted. I am fine with hoodies on the course as long as they look good and tasteful. But then there’s a grey area for the golf pro on allowing the “preppy” or clean-cut hoodie and denying the guy in the NY Jets one. In my opinion that’s for the bleachers or the tailgate lot. If you do decide to wear a hoodie to the course, make sure you leave the jeans at home.
Laird Grinds it Out in Vegas After returning from knee surgery and playing on a sponsor’s exemption, Martin Laird cashed in on Sunday and claimed his second Shriners Hospital for Children Open. He won back in 2009 also in a 3-man playoff, and stood on the 17th tee in 2010, yet another 3-man playoff, and watched Jonathan Byrd score a walk-off hole-in-one to claim the title. This event has certainly been good to Laird, and he has returned the favor. Earlier in the final round on the 9th hole, he holed a buried bunker shot against the lip with a limited follow through for eagle. But that may not have been the shot of the day. He made an incredible par-saving up-and-down on the aforementioned 17th hole in regulation. He pushed his tee shot right on the par 3, struck the cart path, and settled on a small hillside where normally the gallery would be standing. He had a downhill pitch to the green but had to carry the cart path and keep it low enough under a tree branch, but hard enough to trickle onto the green, yet soft enough to hold it. He pulled it off magnificently and at one time it looked like the ball was going to settle around 8 feet. It rolled out to nearly 17 feet but he knocked the putt in for par. He once again left his approach shot on 18 out to the right and failed to get that up-and-down, thus falling into a 3-man playoff with Matthew Wolff and Austin Cook. The trio returned to #17 in the playoff and Laird threw his cards on the table. “I felt like that hole kinda owed me one”, he said after the round. He made birdie to close it out and notched his 4th career tour victory.
Laird outlasted a field of bombers and claimed victory with a combination of ball-striking, putting, and good fortune. He also did it with an extremely mixed bag. While probably not a favorite of manufacturers, he is a dream for retailers, playing 5 different brands of equipment in his arsenal.
Martin Laird – What’s in the Bag
Driver: Ping G410 LST – 10° – Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 70 gram x-stiff
Fairway woods: Titleist TS3 – 15° – Mitsubishi BF 80 gram x-stiff, Taylormade R15 – 19° – Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 80 gram tour x
Irons: Srixon Z 785 (4-PW) – Project X 6.5 steel shafts
Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 – 52°, Cleveland RTX-4 – 56° & 60° – True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 steel shafts
Putter: Taylormade Spider Tour Red
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV
Ping Dominating the Major Tours First week, first win for Ping’s newest stick as the new G425 driver came blazing out of the gates with Tyrrell Hatton winning with the LST model at the BMW PGA Championship. He also had the 3 wood and 7 wood in play at Wentworth, and 4 of the top 6 players had Ping equipment in the bag. A Ping driver has been played by 4 of the 5 winners so far in the 2020-2021 PGA Tour season, and there were 40 Ping drivers in play at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Orange County Championship. Ping was also the #1 played iron at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The new G425 line will be available to retail consumers in January.
Tyrrell Hatton – What’s in the Bag
Driver: Ping G425 LST – 9° set to 8.75°, Mitsubishi Diamana RF 60 gram Tour X
Fairway woods: Ping G425 LST 14°, Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 gram x, 19.5° Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80 gram x
Irons: Ping I210 4-PW, green dot, Nippon Modus 3 tour steel shaft 120 gram x
Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0, 50° Nippon Modus 3 tour steel 120 gram x, Titleist Vokey SM8 54° & 58°
Putter: Ping Vault Oslo 32.25” length
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Fantasy picks Last week in Vegas Collin Morikawa missed the cut which was a huge surprise, and he didn’t really play bad per se’ with rounds of 69-67…but Vegas is a birdie fest. Cameron Smith just snuck into the top-25 and Bryson DeChambeau helped me save face by contending all week but ultimately finishing t-8. We stay in Vegas this week for the relocated CJ Cup being played at the same course Tiger and Phil held their made-for-tv match on Thanksgiving in 2018, Shadow Creek. Winner Matthew Wolff Young man is on fire, so why not. Will contend John Rahm World #2 has never played here, so why not. Sleeper Harris English Missed the cut last week but is 13th stroked gained tee to green. Roll the rock and he’ll contend.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Written by Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional
Design and Published by Craig Walton