Justin Thomas Wins With Titleist
The Dell Technologies Championship played on the TPC Boston course, the second of the FedEx Cup playoff events, was won by Justin Thomas by three strokes over pal Jordan Spieth. This was Thomas’s fifth win of the 2016-2017 season including the PGA Championship in August and he is only the third 24-year old to reach this mark, the other two being Spieth and Tiger Woods twice.
Spieth finished second for the second consecutive playoff event, the first being last week behind Dustin Johnson at The Northern Trust.
The FedEx Cup playoffs now take a one week break before the 70 players with the highest number of points continue on to the BMW Championship in suburban Chicago with the top 30 moving on to the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club near Atlanta. The final even of the season is the exhibition Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club.
Following the impressive win at the PGA it’s no surprise Thomas continued playing with the same clubs in the playoffs.
Justin Thomas Winning Gear
Driver: 9.5 degree Titleist 917D2 (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana BF-Series 60 TX shaft)
Fairway woods: 15 degree Titleist 917F2 (Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80 X shaft) and an 18 degree 915Fd (Fujikura Motore VC 9.2 X shaft)
Irons: 4-iron Titleist 716 CB, 5-iron through 9-iron 718 MB prototype (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts)
Wedges: 46 degree Titleist Vokey Design SM6 Raw (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), 52 degree Titleist Vokey Design SM5 Raw and 60 degree Titleist Vokey Design SM6 Raw (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5 prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
The Dell by the Numbers: According to Titleist Dell’s 96 contestant field had 58 players teeing up either a Pro V1 or Pro V1x versus 14 players using the ball from the nearest competitor. The company could also boast their hybrids were tops, 14 were in play, plus they have the most played brand of irons with 25 sets in play. The wedges most often found in the toursters bags were from Vokey Design counting 117 combined approach, sand and lob wedges. Also Scotty Cameron putters were the first choice among players with 44.
In Case Anyone Should Ask: FedEx Cup post-season tournaments do not have alternates nor of course any “Monday qualifiers,” so when Henrik Stenson chose not to play and three other eligible players were out due to injury the field at TPC Boston was reduced to 96.
Miura: Miura has introduced three modes in the Passing Point (PP) lineup. The PP-NEO utility (a.k.a. hybrids) has 35-grams of “floating weight” above the sole which to produce lower spin. The PP-W01 wedges is Miura’s first cast and has a very wide sole. Lastly, PP-9005 irons are targeted for players of all skill levels and have heads made from forged head with a Carpenter steel face.
Titleist 818Hs: The two new Titleist 818 hybrids (both $279) have different profiles to help players of differing swing shapes. The 818H1 is swing with a shallow attack angle and those who like the look of a fairway wood while the 818H2 has a more compact head designed who swing hybrid more like irons.
Bridgestone Mark: According to a company press release, “Bridgestone Golf…posted its most successful two quarters in history during the first half of 2017, with total units shipped eclipsing previous company benchmarks. During this span, Bridgestone realized significant sales increases at many of the nation’s largest retailers and recorded multiple record setting months, with June becoming the single highest grossing month in company history.” Nice to see someone in this business doing well.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?