Marc Leishman took the CIMB Classic by five shots at the TPC Kuala Lumpur playing Callaway clubs over a 78-man field of the CIMB Classic. For the 34-year old Leishman, from Australia, this is his fourth PGA Tour win.
The limited field was composed of the top-60 available from last year’s FedExCup points list, the top-10 available of the Asian Tour Order of Merit rounded out by eight sponsor exemptions. This is the fifth year for the CIMB but until this year there had only been three winners: Ryan Moore in 2013 and 2014, Justin Thomas in 2015 and 2016, Pat Perez last year.
His putter is an Odyssey O-Works Versa introduced in 2017 with their Microhinge Insert plate molded in the TPE face. Tiny hinges help to impart truer spin giving a better roll.
All his equipment is from Callaway with the exception of one wedge from Vokey:
Driver: Callaway Rogue 9° (Fujikura Speeder Evolution)
Fairway Wood: Callaway Rogue 15° (Fujikura Motore Speeder VC Tour)
Irons: Callaway X Forged UT 18° & 21°; Callaway X Forged 4-iron through pitching wedge (Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 54°, Titleist Vokey SM7 58° (Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 130X)
Putter: Odyssey Versa 1W
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Equipment Counts: At the CIMB Classic with 27 sets in play Titleist was the first choice in irons and tied for hybrid usage with 10. Vokey wedges topped the wedge category (114) and the 34 Scotty Cameron putters made them number one. Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x were the most played golf balls with 56 competitors while 10 used the Callaway Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X.
Tour Edge Exotics EXS Irons: Rounding out the new Exotics EXS family are the EXS irons announced last week. The hollow body construction has a forged cup-face design and Tour Edge’s variable face thickness technology called SpiderWeb VFT. Other features include a 19-gram tungsten toe weight, relief of the sole at heel and toe to help smooth passage through the turf and a TPE polymer coated with a performance gel to absorb impact shock. A set of seven Exotics EXS irons with KBS Max 80 steel shafts are $700 or with Tensei CK Blue 2G graphite shafts $800.
Truvis Pink: Callaway has introduced a Chrome Soft Truvis ball version in pink. The Chrome Soft this year has graphene in the core producing a soft feeling ball with minimum spin from the driver for distance and spin on shorter shots for control. There are five Chrome Soft Truvis colors and three Chrome Soft X Truvis colors. Each retails at $45 per dozen.
Mizuno Drivers: It appears Mizuno is going to have at least two new driver models for the coming season and dangling almost no information other than a single image on social media. The ST190 [foreground] probably will be an upgrade for the current ST180 and the ST190G be in the lineup instead of the present GT180. Both the current models are being sold at a 30% discount on the Mizuno web site, a common practice when newer replacement clubs are about to be introduced.
Pro V1 2019: Titleist introduces new Pro V1/V1x every two years, often at the end of January during the PGA Merchandise Show and this time around may be no different. Prototypes of the 2019 version are in the final stages of consumer testing right now. Expect to see them on Tour soon.
TMaG P760: Using social media to leak information about coming releases is not new and the TaylorMade P760 irons are the latest club to get the treatment. Staff endorser Jason Day showed images of the new players-category iron on Instagram. Positioned between the P750 and P770s the long irons are two-piece heads with TMaG’s Speed Foam while the short irons will be a forged clubhead.