on the PGA TOUR with the company’s newest putter; joining the winner of the Honda Classic.
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
Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 80X
Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (3), Callaway Epic Pro (4), Callaway X Forged 18 (5), Callaway Apex MB 18 (6-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 125
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind 19 (54, 60, 64 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 125
Putter: Odyssey Versa No. 9 White
Grip: SuperStroke Slim 3.0
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X (+ Triple Track Technology)
Dustin Johnson wins Saudi International with TaylorMade’s M6 Driver; First Win for TaylorMade’s New Speed Injected Twist Face Drivers and 2019 TP5x Golf Ball
Johnson’s first regular European Tour victory and 20th career victory is the first for TaylorMade’s New M6 Driver featuring the company’s ground-breaking Speed Injected Twist Face technology
World #3 Dustin Johnson used his prodigious length off the tee combined with TaylorMade’s new Speed Injected Twist Face™ technology to win the Saudi International by 2 shots from fellow Team TaylorMade athlete Haotong Li. Johnson shot a course record 61
in the second round alongside carding 22 birdies and 1 eagle en route to victory including a birdie-birdie finish.
What you need to know:
- Johnson put TaylorMade’s new M6 driver into the bag after extensive testing with both that and the M5 model. Like many on Team TaylorMade, DJ made the switch into the new line of drivers quickly. Gaming the adjustable M5 driver earlier in the season, he
requested to do some shaft testing looking to increase his ball speed to the 185mph mark. After some on course testing DJ opted for the M6 driver this week, favouring the forgiveness of the M6 driver. It is likely he will continue working with both models
- Johnson’s victory is the first win for TaylorMade’s M5 and M6 Drivers with Speed Injected Twist Face
- Johnson also added the new M5 Titanium Fairway Wood to his setup this week equipped with Project X’s HZRDUS Black X shaft; the same shaft he carried in his fairway(s) last season
- Dustin’s victory is the first win for the new 2019 TP5/x Golf Ball highlighted by its new High-Flex Material (HFM). DJ’s preferred golf ball is the TP5x, stamped #1.
- DJ is a big fan of the P790 iron and continues to use the #3 Iron in place of a high lofted fairway wood also equipped with a Project X HZRDUS Black X shaft
- Like last year Dustin played the P730 DJ Proto Irons. As he has for most of his recent career, DJ has them equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
- Dustin played the Milled Grind Hi-Toe family in 54, 60 and 64 degree lofts equipped with KBS Tour 120S shafts
- Johnson has found much success with the Spider Tour over the last few years using it to escalate him to #1 in the World. This week, he used it to card 22 birdies and 1 eagle
Dustin Johnson’s Winning Bag at the Saudi International:
M6 Driver | 10.5° | Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0
M5 Fairway | 15° | Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 X
P790 | 3 Iron | Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 X
DJ Proto Irons | 4-PW | Dynamic Gold X100
Milled Grind Hi-Toe Wedges | 54°, 60° and 64° | KBS Tour 120 S
Spider Tour Black Putter
2019 TP5x Golf Ball (#1)
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February 4, 2019
Breakthrough Golf Technology congratulates the winner of the Country Club de Bogota Championship who used the Stability Putter Shaft
Dallas, TX. – Breakthrough Golf Technology congratulates the winner of the Country Club de Bogota Championship and announces that the Stability Putter Shaft was used in the winner’s four-shot victory.
Barney Adams, CEO and Founder stated, “We are thrilled by this win. This victory is the culmination of years of product development and testing of the Stability putter shaft and validates the technology and efforts of the Breakthrough Golf team.”
For 50 years, the putter shaft has not changed. It’s a simple steel pipe. Over the years, head designs for putters have evolved and gotten dramatically heavier. This has resulted in shafts that are not stable or strong enough to keep these heavier, advanced putter heads from oscillating. The Stability putter shaft delivers the face squarer at impact for improved accuracy and solid feel and has a lower launch for a predictable roll, resulting in better distance control.
About Breakthrough Golf Technology
In a suburb of Dallas Texas lies a new golf shaft company with 100 years of experience. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes the latest technology to develop and bring to market the finest, most precise shafts available. Founder Barney Adams, who has always had the unique ability to see what is truly missing in Golf equipment, decided to focus on the putter shafts since there had been no significant innovation for decades. A team of award-winning engineers was assembled and no shaft company on the planet delivers innovation in golf shafts like Breakthrough Golf Technology.
Justin Rose won the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open with his new clubs:
DRIVER: Honma Tour World TW747 460 (9.5 degrees), with Honma Vizard FD-7X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 80 TX shaft
IRONS: Honma Tour World TW-X proto (2), Tour World Rose proto (4-9), with KBS C-Taper 125 shafts
WEDGES: Honma Rose proto (47, 52 and 56 degrees), with KBS C-Taper 125 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Raw K Grind (60 degrees), with KBS High Rev 2.0 135 shaft
PUTTER: Axis 1 prototype
BALL: TaylorMade TP5
Driver: Ping G400 LST (10 degrees)
+ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X
3 Wood: Nike VR Pro Ltd. Edition (15 degrees)
+ Aldila Rogue Silver 80X
Driving Iron: Titleist 716 T-MB (3-iron)
+ True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100
Irons: Callaway X Forged 2013 (4 iron), Callaway MB-1 (5-PW)
+ True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Artisan (51 and 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey SM5 (61 degrees)
+ True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 3
+ Grip: Iomic Standard Red Pistol
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride
Phil Mickelson eclipsed a moment of magic from Justin Thomas to beat his compatriot in a play-off at the WGC – Mexico Championship and secure his first title since winning the Open in 2013.
The American pair finished tied on 16 under par after an enthralling final round at Chapultepec Golf Club.
Mickelson saw his birdie putt lip out at the first play-off hole – the par three 17th – but when Thomas failed to get down in two from behind the green the 47 year old had his first victory in almost five years.
England’s Tyrrell Hatton, who missed out on extra holes after a bogey at the last, and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello tied for third on 15 under.
Cabrera Bello had made the first move on Sunday when he chipped in from a bunker for eagle at the first to catch overnight leader Shubhankar Sharma before the Indian had even teed off.
The Spaniard, Hatton and Mickelson all had spells in front but Thomas, who was 11 shots behind halfway leader Sharma on Friday night before carding a blistering 62 on Saturday, made six birdies in his first 15 holes to edge ahead.
A bogey on the 17th looked to have derailed his challenge, but Thomas spun his 120-yard approach back into the cup at the 18th to set a daunting clubhouse target with a round of 64.
Hatton joined him when he followed a birdie on the 14th with an eagle from 11 feet on the 15th, while Mickelson birdied the 15th and 16th before his 25-foot effort on the next missed by a whisker.
With both needing a birdie on the last, Hatton and Mickelson miscued their approaches and the former was unable to get up and down, but the five-time Major winner held his nerve from five feet to seal a closing 66 before a par at the first play-off hole saw him become the oldest winner of a World Golf Championships event.
Sharma shot a closing 74 as the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex leader marked his WGC debut with a tie for ninth.
Phil Mickelson: “I can’t put into words how much this means to me, it’s been a long time. To come here to Mexico City with the fans here and play against the best players in the world and finally come through… I knew it was going to come soon, I was playing too well for it not to but you never know until it happens.
“My game is starting to get to a level that is some of my best golf and it seems like it’s just in time. It’s nice to be in that small circle called the winner’s circle; I haven’t been in it for a while.”
Justin Thomas: “I’m definitely disappointed. I wish Phil’s putt just would have gone in so I would have felt better about myself. But I was a little pumped up and the gap wedge went a lot farther than I thought it was going to. But man, there’s nothing for me to hang my head about. To even have a chance to win this golf tournament after where I was through 18, through 36 holes, I’m very proud of myself. I think it’s the most maturity and kind of poise I’ve shown in a tournament I’ve ever played.”
Rafa Cabrera Bello: I felt I played good, I’ve been in contention, I played good today as well. Maybe one or two mistakes, but I mean, I by no means feel that I lost anything. I’ve kind of always been in the hunt, a couple, one or two a few back from the leaders. Unfortunately, that’s how it’s going to finish. But overall pretty pleased. A very good performance.
“You don’t expect anything different in a World Golf Championship. I think every World Golf Championship delivers. The best players in the world come and play them and it’s pretty normal that at the end of the week the best players in the world are at the top.”
Tyrrell Hatton: “It just felt like I was pretty unlucky today in general, especially on six. It was a really poor drive but I was right up against the tree. Then Phil hits the same drive, hits off a tree and comes back near the fairway and he gets on the green in two. So guess you need breaks like that from time to time. Felt like I got unlucky down 11 as well, another par five. Didn’t hit a bad shot there and walk off with six. Just wasn’t my day today.”