What’s going on everyone? It’s been a while since we got you caught up on everything going on with TaylorMade on Tour. Their staff players have been performing well and some new equipment has been spotted. Let’s dive in on the latest news.
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Your favorite pros playing TaylorMade clubs continue to have a strong season. At the year’s final major, the PGA Championship, staffers Jason Day and Dustin Johnson finished T9 and T13, respectively. Day had a great chance to win going into the weekend. However, the last hole of the infamous Green Mile (the 18th), claimed Day as its latest victim late Saturday. He carded a snowman, limiting his chances of making a comeback on Sunday. A solid final round earned the Aussie his Top 10 finish.
Dustin Johnson was a favorite headed into the PGA Championship. He bounced back from a modest 1st 3 rounds with a strong 67 in the final round, finishing T13.
The PGA Championship was a milestone for another stalwart on Tour, Ernie Els. The Big Easy celebrated his 100th major in Charlotte. The occasion marks another feather in the cap of the smooth-swinging South African. Well done, sir!
The PGA Tour saw another first-time winner emerge at the Barracuda Championship. Chris Stroud won a 3-man playoff in Reno for his 1st win in 290 tries. The journeyman hit just over 80% of the fairways using a TaylorMade M2 2017 driver. The win got him into the PGA Championship, where he battled until the back nine on Sunday and finished T9.
TaylorMade putters have been the talk of the PGA Tour this season. The Ghost Spider Tour putters were the #1 model used in all 4 majors. Jason Day was the first to popularize the putter, using a red-colored version to climb to World #1. As we previously covered, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, and Sergio Garcia famously followed suit. The putter’s popularity was so prevalent that other manufacturers came out with their own version of a red putter.
Recently, Jason Day has gone back to his white Ghost Spider Tour putter. He hopes the change sparks more success on the greens. Speaking of switching putters, Hideki Matsuyama made a switch at this year’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The Japanese star put the TaylorMade TP Mullen in the bag and immediately got the win, running away. His final round 61 tied the course record and earned him a 5-shot victory. Using the new putter, he finished 8th in putts per GIR and lead the field in birdies for the week. Matsuyama followed that up with great performance at the PGA, finishing T5.
Lastly equipment side, some new irons were spotted in the bags of Tour players. Jason Day and Jon Rahm were testing P-790 irons and Dustin Johnson was testing P-730 irons. The P-790s look like a driving iron, replacing the UDI.
The P-730 irons look like the retail versions of the “Rors Proto” and “Rose Proto,” played by Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, respectively. These muscle-back beauties have a very clean, simple look.
No word when either of these irons will make it to retail but many will be waiting anxiously.
That’s all for this month, everyone. Stay tuned for next month’s TaylorMade on Tour update.
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