Bryan Wins RBC Heritage Tournament With Callaway
Wesley Bryan has something in common with Arnold Palmer, they both have won in Hilton Head, S.C. Palmer took the first, as it was known then, Heritage Golf Classic back in 1969 on the newly opened Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus designed Harbor Town Golf Links. Bryan has another distinction though, he is the first native of South Carolina to win what is now the RBC Heritage.
Bryan, a rookie this year, gained his PGA Tour card by his three wins on the Web.com Tour in 2016 after he and brother George had gained a reputation as trick shot artists while attending the University of South Carolina. His steady play though all four days at Hilton Head, without any trick shots, put him at -13, two shots ahead of three other players.
In addition to a two year Tour exemption, Bryan will get into the elite invitational events including the Masters. This puts him in a unique position next April during Masters week…his own bed. Bryan now lives in Augusta and will be able to commute for his first attempt to win a green jacket.
Bryan is on the Callaway staff and plays their equipment including a Great Big Bertha Epic 13.5 degree fairway wood. Epic fairways have a triaxial carbon crown with Callaway’s fourth-generation design cup face.
To combat aerodynamic drag the crown has the speed step feature developed two years ago with the help of engineers from Boeing Co. There are six loft selections from a 3+ 13.5 degree such as Bryan’s plus 15- and 18-degree lofts, a 20 degree Heavenwood, a 21 degree 7-wood and the 24 degree Divine Nine. Epic fairway woods offer a choice of four stock shafts.
Driver: Callaway GBB Epic 8.5 degrees, Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 shaft
Fairway wood: Callaway GBB Epic 13.5 degrees, Project X HZRDUS Red 6.0 shaft
Hybrid: Callaway Apex 18 degrees, Graphite Design Tour GD-DI 95X shaft
Irons: 4-pitching wedge Callaway Apex Pro 16, True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: 50 and 54 degree Callaway MD3 Milled and 58 degree Mack Daddy Forged, True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Putter: Odyssey Metal-X Milled #2
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
According to TaylorMade the driver count at the RBC Heritage was 59 for TaylorMade, 34 Titleist, 21 Callaway and 8 Ping. Titleist says the ball count in the 132-man field was 94 playing Titleist with 15 for the nearest competitor. Titleist was first choice in hybrids (28), irons (41) and wedges (161). Their Scotty Cameron putters were used by 48 players.
Hilton Head has the smallest greens on the PGA Tour. At approximately an average of 4,000 square feet they are about one-third less than the average size on Tour. And as an expression of how narrow the tree-lined fairways are, it’s said on some holes a player and his caddy have to walk single file.
The PXG mallet putter ladies’ world number one Lydia Ko swears by, called the “The Bat Attack” ($550), has an aluminum body, stainless face plus elastomer insert is now available at retail joining PXG’s five other putter models.
Cobra Golf staffer Bryson DeChambeau aided in design of the wood grain graphics of the King F7 Driver Limited Edition Throwback model. (Priced the same as the regular model at $349.) Part of Cobra’s Heritage Collection, the first day at the RBC Heritage he wore retro-look apparel and shoes that are also in the Collection.