Playoff over Marc Leishman
The PGA Tour added a new tournament to the 2017-2018 schedule in South Korea at the Nine Bridges Golf Club on Jeju Island and last year’s Player of the Year Justin Thomas added it as another victory to his resume with the CJ Cup.
This was another limited field event of 78 players with 60 drawn from the FedExCup points list and the balance form the Asian and Korean Tours.
Thomas’s playoff win over Marc Leishman was his sixth victory in his last 25 events including last August’s PGA Championship, a streak that puts him at third in the World Golf Rankings behind Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.
Thomas plays all Titleist equipment including their current driver, the 917D2 ($500) designed for use by those wanting the added forgiveness of a 460cc clubhead in contrast to the 917D3 which is 440cc. Both feature the SureFit CG cartridge in the sole to adjust ball flight bias and launch angle while the hosel has 16 loft and lie settings to give players a range of adjustments to fit their particular swing tendencies. There’s Titleist version of the sole slot called an Active Recoil Channel to give the face additional flex at impact plus the face is thinner around the perimeter to decrease the loss of ball speed when impact isn’t in the center.
Here’s the inventory of Thomas’ clubs, undoubtedly the hottest player on Tour, as the travelling circus moves to Shanghai, China for the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions.
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
CJ Cup by the Numbers: The winning ball this week and for the third straight week of the new season was a Titleist. They led the ball count at Nine Bridges with 48 while the next most played brand had 15 for the week. Iron sets in play also went to Titleist with 22, their Vokey lob, approach and sand wedges were tops with 41 and with 33, Scotty Cameron putters were also the most used.
In Case Anyone should ask: In the fourth round of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale last July, Jordan Spieth hit perhaps the most talked about shot of the year. On the thirteenth hole after a drop onto the driving range, hoisted a 3-iron back to the fairway for a most unlikely bogey but good enough to help him to a win. Spieth last week donated an autographed replica of the storied three to Birkdale with a thank-you note.
OnCore Golf has started a crowdfunding campaign to finance initial production and introduction of the Genius golf ball designed with a GPS chip inside the steel core.
Cut Golf has added another golf ball to their line, the Cut Grey, a low compression 3-piece with urethane cover. Target for moderate swing speed players retail is $19.95 per dozen.