The long awaited talk about Tiger Woods Skins Game in Japan has finally been announced.
Woods will take on Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in The Challenge: Japan Skins in October, an event that will kick off the Zozo Championship week. Both events will be staged at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan.
The purse will be $350,000. The skins game will feature in-match challenges, each hole will have an increasing amount of money riding on it and the golf will be timed to finish under the lights.
Here’s how it will work, according to the AP. Players need to win a hole outright, or it carries over to the next hole. Total prize money is $350,000 — $10,000 per skin for the opening six holes, $20,000 for the next six holes, $20,000 through the 17th hole, and $100,000 for the 18th.
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX
3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX
5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X
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Irons: Titleist T100 (4-iron), Titleist 718 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52, 56 degrees), Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Scotty Cameron X5
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
A season of solid performances, plus the leader in Total Strokes Gained, Rory McIlroy wins his second TOUR Championship in Atlanta to collect the $15m FedEx Cup first prize.
Basingstoke, Hampshire. (August 26, 2019) – Team TaylorMade athlete, Rory McIlroy, caps off a stellar season on the PGA TOUR by winning the FedEx Cup using an M5 driver, featuring Injected Twist Face technology and the 5-layer TP5 golf ball.
RORY + FEDEX CUP “NEED TO KNOW”
Wins $15m first prize to add to his $7.78m already won this season Second time he has won the FedEx Cup (2016) Joins Tiger as only the second person to ever win the FedEx Cup twice Has now won a record five FedEx Cup playoff events surpassing Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods with 4 wins each
RORY + TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP “NEED TO KNOW”
Started 5 strokes behind the leader heading into the TOUR Championship Second time he has won the TOUR Championship Second year running he has played in the final group
RORY + PGA TOUR SEASON “NEED TO KNOW”
This was Rory’s BEST EVER season on the PGA TOUR for Strokes Gained Total with +2.551 Rory’s +2.551 SG Total for the season is the 4th best on record (Tiger Woods holds the Top 3 in 2006, 2009 and 2007) Rory also leads in SG stats: Off-the-Tee (+1.195), and Tee-to-Green (+2.126) Three wins this season: TOUR Championship, THE PLAYERS and RBC Canadian Open Led the Tour in Top 10 finishes during the regular season From 19 starts, he has had fourteen Top 10s Ranked no.1 in scoring average with 69.057
RORY + TAYLORMADE “NEED TO KNOW”
Jumped to 25th (+.425) in SG Putting in 2019 vs. 159th in 2018 with his Spider X putter featuring Pure Roll™ technology Switched into TP5 from TP5X earlier this season to increase his short game spin Has played M5 driver with Injected Twist Face all year since Sentry TOC Recently added a P730 PW to his bag after playing a Milled Grind 48° most of the season Leads in SG off-the-tee with his M5 driver (+1.195) Has#22 stamped on his TP5 golf ball Jumps to #2 in the OWGR
RORY MCILROY WITB:
M5 9.0° driver M6 15.0° fairway wood M5 19.0° fairway wood P750 4 iron P730 5-PW irons Milled Grind wedges 52°, 56° and 60° Spider X Copper putter TP5 golf ball (#22)
from 2003 to now. Using putts made at specific distances, the make percentage is LOWER today than 2003! Given the advances
over the last 15 years, better, more consistent greens, millions of dollars invested in putter head designs, contour books showing every break every grain pattern and not the least, the arrival of sophisticated putting instruction, my first reaction was "this
can’t be right."
veteran who has been working with tour players and these putting stats for 20 years.
enough factor to affect a widespread putting demise.
unchanged for 90 years? Over the years, quality instruction on the stroke coupled with the modern technology of heavier heads increased the stress factor which interfered with the face returning square at impact.
advanced software for analysis. You must have this kind of environment to isolate and measure the discrepancies. We traced
history, lighter heads to heavier on steel shafts and watched the face deflection increase. When we introduced the Stability Shaft into testing, the face angle problem disappeared regardless of head weight. When we had Jim MacKay retest at his facility and
he verified the results.
shot less in a tournament would be when translated into money earnings.
makes you double check the math.
don’t pay). With that said, the performance of the Stability shaft has done well, since it is the fastest growing shaft on tour. Not many realize this because we don’t ‘pay to play’ and can’t advertise the names.
where they can go through a complete putter analysis. They will experience first-hand how the Stability Shaft fits any putter head and has proven
performance over a steel shaft. Best of all no player adjustment. Yes, it’s the only putter shaft in golf that mitigates face movement without being super heavy or something causing a major player adjustment
"Drive for show, putt for dough."
McIlroy’s 15th career PGA TOUR victory is the 2nd win on the PGA Tour for TaylorMade’s New M5 & M6 Drivers featuring the company’s ground-breaking Injected Twist Face technology; also second win in three weeks for new Spider X putter
What You Need to Know:
As he has since the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Rory has continued to play a 9° M5 Driver, of which he’s found remarkable success this season. At TPC Sawgrass, Rory averaged 305 yards off the tee for the tournament – good for fifth in the field.
In addition to the M5 driver, McIlroy also games a 19° M5 titanium fairway, which he put into play the same week he added the M5 driver to the bag – in Kapalua.
Rory’s first PGA TOUR win of the season is the 4th win for the new 2019 TP5/x golf ball – joining Johnson (x2) and Fowler as staffers who’ve won playing it. Rory’s preferred golf ball is the is the ’19 TP5, stamped #22.
on the PGA TOUR with the company’s newest putter; joining the winner of the Honda Classic.
Having played the Milled Grind Wedges since first joining Team TaylorMade, Rory’s setup has remained fairly consistent throughout the year This week, he opted for the Milled Grind Raw in 48°, complementing it with 54° & 60° Milled Grind Hi-Toe wedges.
Additional Statistics of Note:
Ranked first in strokes gained: total (13.924)
Ranked first in strokes gained: tee to green (13.262)
Ranked second in strokes gained: off the tee (5.309)
Ranked T3 in greens in regulation (58/72 – 80.56%)
Ranked fifth in driving distance (305 yards)
M5 Driver | 9°
M5 Fairway | 19°
P750 irons | (3-4)
P730 irons | (5-9)
Milled Grind Wedge | 48°
MG Hi-Toe Wedges | 54°& 60°
Spider X Putter
2019 TP5 Golf Ball | #22
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
CARLSBAD, Calif., Mar. 5, 2019 – Today Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) announced that Francesco Molinari, the reigning Open Champion, has joined its Tour Professional Staff. He will
play Callaway woods, irons, wedges, an Odyssey Putter, and a Chrome Soft Golf Ball, and he will use a Callaway Staff Bag.
“I am joining Callaway because I’m so impressed by their equipment,” said Molinari. “More than anything, I’m looking forward to playing the new Epic Flash Driver and the Chrome Soft X Golf Ball. The ball speed gains that I’m getting
from the driver are unbelievable. And this golf ball is the best one that I’ve ever played. The performance from tee-to-green, especially the feel and control, is exactly what I want.”
This week, Molinari will make his Callaway tournament debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour. He will have all Callaway equipment in his bag for the event, including an Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver, an Epic Flash
Sub Zero Fairway Wood, Apex MB 18 Irons, Mack Daddy 4 Wedges, an Odyssey Toulon Madison Putter with a new Stroke Lab Shaft, and a Chrome Soft X Ball.
A native of Turin, Italy, Molinari is coming off a remarkable 2018 campaign, highlighted by his first major win at The Open Championship. He also won the BMW PGA Championship and the Quicken Loans National last year, and he posted
a perfect 5-0 record for the victorious European Team at the 2018 Ryder Cup. He enters this week as the 10th ranked player in the world.
You can follow Francesco on Twitter: @F_Molinari and on Instagram: @chiccogolf