“It Never Rains In Southern California”
In 1972 Albert Hammond sang “It Never Rains In Southern California” but for the PGA Tour Genesis Open at storied Riviera Country Club west of Los Angles that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Heavy rains and high winds forced players off the golf course Thursday and Friday setting up a 36-hole finish on Sunday. However, all the delays and waiting around made not a bit of difference to winner Dustin Johnson who not only claimed his 13th win on Tour but the coveted number one spot in the world rankings. DJ moved past the previous number one, Jason Day who finished the tournament tied for 64th place.
Johnson, who will defend his U.S. Open title in June, is on the TaylorMade Golf staff and this week switched from the M2 2017 driver to the more adjustable M1 2017 model. At Pebble Beach last week DJ began playing the new TaylorMade TP5x ball.
The TP5x and complementary TP5 have a five piece construction with a distinctive three layer core of progressive compression. Combined with the cast urethane cover and a semi-rigid inner cover or mantle both produce lots of spin for control of touch shots around the green. The between the two models comes down to the TP5x being slightly firmer with a higher launch while the TP5 feels somewhat softer and has a mid-launch trajectory.
Johnson’s complete set of winning equipment:
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