The PGA Tour season is in full swing after the playing of the year’s first major, The Masters. In the time since our last TaylorMade on Tour post, some major happenings for TaylorMade have occurred. TaylorMade staff players continue to excel in the first quarter of the calendar year. Headlining the list are familiar names in the TaylorMade family, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, and Jon Rahm. We’ll take you inside the recent performances of these 4 players, highlight significant stats, and talk about the hottest putter on Tour!
Major Happenings With TaylorMade Staff
Arguably, the biggest story of this season was written at golf’s sanctuary, Augusta National Golf Club. The annual host of The Masters has been the stage for some of golf history’s iconic moments. From Sarazen’s “Shot Heard Round The World,” to Jack’s record 6 Green Jackets, to Tiger’s runaway victory in ’97. All have resonated through the pines dominating the course. The latest chapter in the storied history of Augusta National came to fruition this year.
Often considered the best player without a major, Sergio Garcia finally snapped his major championship drought after 73 tries. Sergio battled Justin Rose down the back 9 on Sunday, each hitting incredible shots and overcoming bumps in the road. Garcia eventually bested Rose on the 1st playoff hole, sinking a sliding 10-foot putt to win the Green Jacket. The reaction to the victory has been overwhelmingly positive for the Spaniard. Fellow Tour players, media, and fans have all sent their congrats to Sergio on his career-solidifying victory.
Coming into The Masters, no player was playing as well as world #1, Dustin Johnson. Three weeks prior, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Johnson bested fellow TaylorMade staffer Jon Rahm, claiming his 3rd win in as many starts! The 2 heavy hitters showcased their power, particularly at the par-5 12th hole, each bombing 400+ yard drives. Anticipation was high for Johnson to take home his 2nd major at The Masters, but a freak accident kept him from participating. He returns to competition in May and will likely be the odds-on favorite at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in June.
Sergio’s win marked some significant stats for TaylorMade. It marks the 8th time in the last nine years that a company staffer has won a major. It was also the 6th win of the season for the TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x ball. Our review of the golf balls details what gives them their winning ways. Using the ’17 M2 driver, Garcia secured the 13th win in 15 weeks for golfers using TaylorMade drivers, securing TaylorMade’s hold on the title of #1 driver on Tour.
This Putter’s On Fire
The hottest putter model on Tour right now is the TaylorMade Ghost Spider Tour. While the Spider putter line has been around for years, the latest phenomenon began with Jason Day wanting a red putter in 2016. TaylorMade takes the Spider’s high MOI and Pure Roll insert and gives it a contrasting color in order to see the club path better. Day’s success led players like Johnson, Rahm, and now Sergio to put it in their bags. More and more players are asking for it as well. TaylorMade estimates they get 10-15 requests per week, from all tours, for the Ghost Spider Tour. The putter also comes in black and platinum. Be on the look out for our full review of the Ghost Spider Tour putters, coming soon!
There is certainly a lot of good things happening for TaylorMade right now. Confidence is brimming in Carlsbad that success will continue as the year goes on.