Catching Up With Callaway: Playoff Edition
The regular season is over and the FedEx Cup Playoffs are coming to an exciting culmination. This month’s Catching Up With Callaway is the playoff edition. We go over the results of the Callaway staff players during the FedEx Cup Playoffs. There is also a couple equipment announcements for you.
Staff Results: Playoff Edition
The Northern Trust
125 of the world’s top players gathered in New York to begin their playoff run. Prestige, points, and the chance for a sizeable chunk of change were at stake. Many of the Callaway staffers were in good position entering The Northern Trust, not needing to press too hard. The notable finishes belonged to Henrik Stenson and Patrick Reed. Each improved their position in the Playoffs, finishing T17 and T20, respectively.
Dell Technologies Championship
After the first event of the Playoffs, the field was cut down to the top 100 for the Dell Technologies Championship. While some staffers struggled, others thrived under the increased pressure. Patrick Reed turned in another strong performance, finishing T6 along with Phil Mickelson. Phil was just behind the leaders heading into the weekend and shot in the 60s each round. It wasn’t enough to catch eventual winner, Justin Thomas, who caught fire on Sunday.
Marc Leishman experienced some disappointment at the Dell. Leading going into the final round, the Aussie faltered down the stretch, opening the door for Thomas. Any frustration he had was not long-lived, as you’ll see shortly.
Emiliano Grillo also had a memorable second leg to the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He needed a solid performance to earn a spot in the field of the BMW Championship. His first 3 rounds were quite pedestrian, shooting 1-under par. All that changed on Sunday, when he shot a final round 66 (-5) and vaulted 15 spots to make it to the BMW.
The PGA Tour took a week off before beginning the BMW Championship. Marc Leishman left any lingering doubt about his ability to close behind, going wire-to-wire for his 2nd victory of the year. He is now in a position to control his own destiny at the Tour Championship. If he wins at East Lake, he wins the FedEx Cup.
The Tour Championship
There are 5 Callaway staff players that made the final 30 at the Tour Championship. Leishman, Reed, Kevin Kisner, Daniel Berger, and Adam Hadwin will all compete for the title. The scenarios for Reed, Kisner, Berger, and Hadwin are here. They need help to take the FedEx Cup home. It all starts with a win, though.
Equipment: Playoff Edition
This time of year is not very busy for many manufacturers to release new equipment. Callaway does have some equipment news to pass along, though. Coming in September is the Epic Star line. These were a Japan-only release earlier in the year that now comes to the U.S. Here’s what you need to know about them.
The Epic Star line has drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons. They are made lighter than their counterparts, making them ideal for golfers with a slower swing speed. The driver, for example, has a total weight of only 286 grams. This is thanks to a 39-gram shaft (Mitsubishi Grand Bassara), 41-gram Golf Pride grip, and a sliding weight 6 grams lighter than in the Epic. The driver also is not adjustable, saving even more weight by not having the adjusting hosel.
The Epic Star line also has a different paint job than the Epic, swapping the Epic green for gold.
Like College Football too?
Callaway Customs is also giving away a custom set of wedges during the college football season, called Game Day Giveaway. Check out some examples of the clubs and find out how to enter here.
That does it for this playoff edition of Catching Up With Callaway. Stay tuned next month, when we wrap up the 2016-17 season and look ahead to the next season.
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