The regular season of the PGA Tour has wound down and the FedEx Cup playoffs loom large. In this month’s Catching Up with Callaway, we discuss the significant results on Tour by Callaway staff players. We also give you some equipment news. Without further ado…
Catching Up With Callaway Staff Players
Since our last update, Callaway staff players have performed well in some big events. Starting with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the Belgian Bomber, Thomas Pieters, finished 4th. He used a GBB Epic driver to rank 6th in the field in shots gained: Off the tee. He ranked 2nd in shots gained: tee to green using his Apex Pro 16 irons. In the end, Pieters ran into a buzzsaw in Hideki Matsuyama, who ran away from the field with a final round 61. Pieters will take this positive performance and charge on in the Race For Dubai on the European Tour.
Following the WGC-Bridgestone was the year’s final major, the PGA Championship. The tournament marked the 100th major for Callaway stalwart, Phil Mickelson. Although Phil didn’t play as well as he’d have liked, staffer Patrick Reed was right in the mix. Reed charged up the leaderboard on the back 9 on Sunday, finishing ahead of the final groups. His par putt on 18 nearly fell, which would have given him 2nd place alone. The result did improve Reed’s standing for the FedEx Cup playoffs, entering inside the top 40. If he can string together a few solid performances, he’ll have a shot at the FedEx Cup.
The last event of the regular season on the PGA Tour was the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC. This tournament, year in and out, produces a lot of drama. Some players are competing to earn and keep their Tour card. Others are playing to move up in the FedEx Cup standings. Two Callaway players, Ollie Schniederjans and Henrik Stenson, produced some of the biggest drama of the day.
Schniederjans came to the last hole needing a birdie to give him the clubhouse lead. He rocketed an iron 341 yards off the tee and stuck his PW to a few inches for a tap-in birdie. However, Stenson was not to be denied. The veteran used his renowned ball striking along with a hot putter to seal a 1-shot win. Both players jumped significantly in the FedEx Cup standings, from the mid-70s to the top-40. Like Reed, Ollie and Henrik have a good shot at taking home the FedEx Cup.
News Sentinel Open
Everyone loves a feel-good story. The Web.com Tour produced one of these at the News Sentinel Open, starring Talor Gooch. Less than a year removed from the real possibility of not playing golf for a living, Gooch earned his PGA Tour card for 2018 with a win. Never an easy journey, Gooch dodged a chip-in by Jonathan Hodge that would’ve forced a playoff to get the 1-shot win. Congrats to Talor and best of luck with the big boys.
Callaway Equipment News
Once again, Callaway’s popular irons, Apex, are back in black. The Apex Black irons feature the following:
- 360 Face Cup Technology – produces more ball speed across the entire face for distance and forgiveness
- Progressive CG – CG varies with each club, optimally placed for the ideal ball flight
- Quadruple Net Forging – uses 1025 carbon steel for a soft feeling forged club
- All Black finish – the Satin black finish gives the clubs a super-sleek look
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