Spieth Wins Travelers By Holing A Bunker Shot
Jordan Spieth won for the second time this season as he bested Daniel Berger on the first hole of sudden death by holing a bunker shot for birder to take the Travelers Championship played at the TPC River Highlands course in Cromwell, Conn.
This was his 10th Tour win, all before the age of 24, placing him second behind Tiger Woods as the youngest to get to double digits. Spieth’s victory was wire to wire after posting rounds of 63, 69, 66 and even par 70. He took a one shot lead into Sunday which grew to as much as three during the round until Berger made three birdies in five holes on the back nine to catch him.
Spieth plays Titleist equipment exclusively though he has had his Scotty Cameron 009 putter since high school and his 925D2 driver and 915F fairway wood are both 2015 models. His 716 T-MB and 716AP2 irons are from 2016 but since Titleist introduces irons in even numbered years they are the company’s current offering.
The 60 degree sand wedge used for the winning shot was one of four Vokey Designs he carries.
All are the present iteration of the Spin Milled model, the SM6 which features a progressive center of gravity, higher on the face in the higher lofts and more towards the sole on the lower lofts. A groove pattern called TX4 includes a parallel texture milled into the face and five standard grinds are available.
Driver: Titleist 915D2 9.5 degrees (Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70 X)
Fairway Wood: Titleist 915F 15 degrees (Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 X)
Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 21 degrees (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 95X)
Irons: 4-iron Titleist 716 T-MB and 5- through 9-iron Titleist 716 AP2 (Project X 6.5)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 Raw 46, 52, 56 and 60 degrees (Project X 6.0)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 009
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
- Travelers By The Numbers: No change in the leaders of driver and ball counts from previous weeks. TaylorMade can boast 73 players using their M1 or M2 model drivers and, as happens every tournament, they bested all their competitors–Titleist at 38 by almost two to one, Callaway had 24 in play and Ping 15. Also no surprise, Titleist topped the ball count with 108 players. They again won the hybrid usage category with 30, irons with 43 sets, and the wedge count with Vokey Wedges (lob, sand and approach) at 211 plus Scotty Cameron putters were the tops with 62 in play.
- Bloodline R1-J: Another new putter hit the market this week, the R1-J from Bloodline Golf designed so it stands by itself at address enabling easy checking of the alignment. By using a grip and shaft that are very light more weight could be put into the putter head for the balance needed to accomplish this. The R1-J is a blade style and joins the previously introduced mallet model RG-1. Pricing for both is $499 at bloodline.com.
- In Case Anybody Asks: The TPC River Highlands site of the Travelers Championship is not a long course but not the shortest on the PGA Tour by a margin of 25 yards. Pebble Beach Golf Links site of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has the distinction of least length at 6,816 yards while the Travelers is played on the fine Cromwell, Conn. layout at 6,841. Interestingly Pebble plays to a par of 72 strokes and River Highlands to a par of 70.
It was at the 2016 Travelers Championship Jim Furyk set the all-time PGA Tour scoring record of 58, 12 under par, with 10 birdies and an eagle.