Some time has passed since TaylorMade staffers Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose battled for the Green Jacket at Augusta National. How would fellow staffers follow up the exciting finish at The Masters? We didn’t have to wait long to find out. Here’s the TaylorMade tour wrap-up, recapping what has happened for TaylorMade and its staffers since The Masters finished.
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The RBC Heritage awards it’s own jacket to the tournament winner. While a TaylorMade staffer didn’t “Go Plaid,” 2 players performed well. Brian Gay used TaylorMade metalwoods to average 270 yards off the tee and hit almost 70% of fairways on his way to a T6 finish. It was Brian’s first of 2 top-10 finishes so far in an up and down 2016-17 season for the 4-time winner.
Brian Harman, who we’ll talk more about in a minute, also carded a solid performance at Harbor Town. He shot a 3rd round 66, putting himself in contention, before finishing T9.
Valero Texas Open
Kevin Chappell has been close to winning throughout his career. He has 3 career third place finishes and 6 runner-ups, most notably at last year’s The Player’s Championship and Tour Championship. That disappointment changed at the Valero Texas Open. The “Bruin Bomber” (as we like to call him) averaged nearly 300 yards off the tee using a full complement of TaylorMade metalwoods.
We should note, this isn’t the first time Chappell has performed well at this tournament. In his first full year on tour, 2011, he finished T2 in this same tournament. Seems like he enjoys playing that course!
Wells Fargo Championship
A couple weeks following the Valero, the PGA Tour stopped at a new venue. Eagle Point, in Wilmington, North Carolina, played host to the Wells Fargo Championship. The course got rave reviews from the players, with some comparing it to Augusta National!
The pristine setting served as the backdrop to an exciting finish featuring the world #1, Dustin Johnson, and the aforementioned Brian Harman. Johnson, looking for his 4th win in as many starts, sat in the clubhouse in a tie for the lead with Pat Perez. A playoff between Johnson, Harman, Perez seemed more than likely. Harman had other plans as he stepped up to the par-5, 18th. Harman sunk a dramatic 28-foot birdie putt, earning his 2nd career win!
The Player’s Championship
Commonly known as the “5th Major,” The Player’s Championship tests players young and old at the iconic TPC Sawgrass. In this year’s tournament, the young prevailed. Si Woo Kim, 21, became the youngest champion in the tournament’s history! Kim conquered the Pete Dye course with surgical precision in the final round, thanks to a full complement of TaylorMade’s latest metalwoods, irons, and golf ball. Every time it seemed Kim was in danger of dropping a shot, he scrambled for his par, keeping those chasing his lead at bay. To the untrained eye, his calm dominance on Sunday would seem boring. Make no mistake though, it was a thing of beauty.
Nike’s exit from the club manufacturing world sent its former staffers in search of new equipment. In January, TaylorMade announced the signing of one of the most dominant players in history, Tiger Woods. Not to be outdone, TaylroMade recently signed 4-time major champion Rory McIlroy! The main reason Rory said he signed with the company was because of the TP5x golf ball.
“I started hitting this TP5x golf ball and oh my goodness, this ball is so much better. This is what I’ve been missing.” – Rory McIlroy
Rory will be using a full bag of TaylorMade clubs, including some sweet looking prototype irons! We are excited to see how he performs with them!
As Porky Pig Says…
That’s all for this month’s TaylorMade Tour Wrap-up, folks! Check out our previous TaylorMade on Tour articles and stay tuned for the next installment!