Team USA won the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in convincing fashion 17 to 11 over Team Europe and won four of the five sessions, only losing the Friday afternoon
foursome matches 1 ½ to 2 ½. Sunday singles were all USA 7 ½ – 4 ½ highlighted with outstanding individual play including the team’s “old man” Phil Mickelson putting up a 10 birdie effort against Sergio Garcia’s nine birdies on the way to halving their match.
There were lots of interesting equipment stories at the Ryder Cup for instance, Zach Johnson, who has an endorsement contract with PXG, was reported to have gone back to the driver he won the British Open with last year. Johnson, who hasn’t driven well all summer, dropped his PXG 0811X prototype driver and went back to his Titleist 913D2, using it effectively to a record of 2-1- 0 for the matches. The identifying Titleist lettering on the sole was painted out, presumably as a concession to PXG. Team USA rookie Brooks Koepka, a Nike Golf tour staff player, dropped in his Nike Method Prototype putter in favor of an old Scotty Cameron model and his Nike driver was put away to make room for a TaylorMade Golf M2 driver. Since Nike is now out of the club business this conceivably is a precursor of a switch by the long hitting Koepka to TMaG.
Golf Gear Weekly thought it might be interesting to report on the clubs used by the “MVPs” on each side, the one member on each team who scored the most points. For Team USA the leading point getter was Patrick Reed with 3 ½ going 3-1- 1 on the way to winning an absolutely classic singles match against world number three Rory McIlroy 1- up. In future years Reed may become the fire brand team leader similar to the role Ian Poulter filled for the European team for several years.
Reed played the same clubs as for his win at the Barclay’s a month ago.
Driver: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond (Aldila Rogue Limited Edition Silver 70X shaft)
Fairway Wood: 18 degree Callaway XR 16 Pro (Aldila NV shaft)
Irons: PXG 0331 3-iron (UST Proforce V2 Hybrid 100X shaft); Callaway X Forged 4-iron (True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT X100 Tour Issue shaft); 5-iron through pitching wedge Callaway MB1 (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2, 52 and 56 degrees; Titleist Vokey SM6 Prototype 62 degree
Putter: Odyssey White Hot RX #2
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft
The Team Europe player that generate the most points in their losing effort wasn’t Rory McIlroy (3-2- 0) or British Open Champion Henrik
Stenson (2-3- 0) nor even Olympic Gold Medalist Justin Rose (2-3- 0). It was the rookie from Belgium, Thomas Pieters playing in all five matches to a record of 4-1- 0. The only loss came in the Friday morning when the U.S. swept the foursomes play and Pieters partnered with Lee Westwood. They fell 5 & 4 to Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.
The 24-year old (and 6-foot- 5-inch) Pieters also plays Callaway equipment:
Driver: Callaway XR16 9 degree (Mitsubishi Diamana W60X shaft)
Fairway wood: Callaway XR 15 degree (Mitsubishi Diamana W70X shaft)
Hybrid: Callaway Apex 3 20 degree (Project X Black 7.0 shaft)
Irons: Callaway Apex Muscleback 3-iron through 9-iron (Project X 6.5 shafts)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 3, 48, 54 and 58-degrees (Project X 6,5 Shaft)
Putter: Odyssey Limited Editon Lucky 777 C/S
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft