DJ’s Second Straight Win For PGA Tour
Dustin Johnson didn’t play last week at the Honda Classic but the one week layoff following his win in the Genesis Open, which put him atop the world golf rankings, didn’t seem to effect the steady South Carolinian. He won Sunday the WGC-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City by one stroke over Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and by two over rookie phenom Jon Rahm and another Englishman, Ross Fisher.
Johnson now has the second largest number of WGC championship trophies with four. Tiger Woods has 18.
DJ, who is on the TaylorMade Golf staff, kept the same clubs in his bag for both wins including the TaylorMade M1 460 2017 driver he began using at the Genesis and the five-layer TP5x ball. This is the third win of the 2016-2017 season for the TP5/TP5x which is also being used by former world number one Jason Day, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.
Aside from his putter, and he putted extremely well finishing in a tie for fifth in putting for the week, the key to this win for the exceptionally long Johnson was his M1 2017 3HL 3-wood set to 16-degrees of loft. The shaft is one inch shorter than standard making it the same as a normal 5-wood. He reports he can carry it 280 yards, just the distance he says he wants in a 3-wood.
Due to his length, the 7,800 foot altitude and the tight layout of the Chapultepec course Johnson used his driver sparingly and relied on the 3-wood or irons from the tee. Still he managed to be fourth in driving distance for the week averaging 321.5 yards.
Winning Gear | Johnson’s clubs for the WGC-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec
Driver – M1 460 2017 set to 10.5-degrees loft (Fuji Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0 shaft)
Fairway Wood – M1 2017 3HL 16-degrees loft (HZRDUS T1100 shaft)
Irons – 2-iron RSi TP UDI (Project X HZRDUS T100 6.5 shaft) and 3-iron through pitching wedge TP MBs (2014) (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
Wedges – TMaG Milled Grind 52- and 60-degrees loft (KBS Black 130 X shafts)
Putter – Spider Tour Black
Golf Ball – TP5x
– 50 players or 65% of the 77-man field played Titleist Pro V1/V1x balls.
– Driver count in Mexico was another win for TaylorMade with 30 players using a TMaG versus 18 for the second place brand. Also after 16 events so far this PGA Tour season players using a TaylorMade driver have seven victories. In second is Titleist with four wins by players teeing it up with their models.
– For the fourth consecutive week TMaG’s Spider Tour Black putter, which hit stores last Friday, was the #1 putter model.
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