Injuries including a bad back had kept Patrick Cantlay on the sidelines for over three years. He capped his comeback with a win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at the TPC Summerlin in suburban Las Vegas for his first PGA Tour victory, after prevailing over Alex Cejla and Whee Kim on the second playoff hole.
The former world number one amateur endorses Titleist equipment and this makes the fifth time in six events of the new 2017-2018 season Titleist’s Pro V1 or Pro V1x was used by the winner.
Cantlay’s Winning Gear:
Driver: Titleist 917D2 9.5 degrees
Fairway wood: Titleist 917F 15 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist 816H2 21 degrees
Irons: Titleist 714 AP2 4-iron through pitching wedge
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 54, 56 and 60-degrees loft
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Las Vegas by the Numbers
The Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x was played by 110 of the 144-player field versus 15 for the next ball brand. Titleist was first in hybrids with 27, iron sets with 42 and their Scotty Cameron putters were tops with 56. With 180 in play Titleist Vokey Design Wedges also were first.
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Longtime fans of the Las Vegas stop will remember Chip Beck shooting the second 59 recorded in a regular Tour event when, back in 1991 at the Sunrise Golf Club, he had 13 birdies and five pars on the par-72 layout. The best score at the present venue TPC Summerlin is a 60 by J.J. Henry in 2013.
The biggest equipment story in Las Vegas wasn’t the latest and greatest driver but that Bubba Watson parted ways with ball maker Volvik after playing their colored S4 4-piece since January. The two-time Masters champion had what could only be described as a miserable season with only four top ten finishes and no wins. He has not blamed the Volvik ball but has been clearly frustrated with his performance. This week he played the Pro V1x though he doesn’t have a contract with Titleist.
Back in 2000 the tour stop in Las Vegas was called the Invensys Classic and it was here for the first time the Titleist Pro V1 appeared in competition. Forty-seven players teed it up that week with winner Billy Andrade being one of them saying the ball had “resurrected his career.”
“[Winning] is like a bus. You wait ages for one and then two turn up at once,” said
Justin Rose, on his back-to-back victories: Coming from nine shots back Justin Rose to take the European Tour Turkish Open with all the same TaylorMade equipment as he used winning the week before at the PGA Tour WGC-HSBC.
- Driver: TaylorMade 2017 M1 9.5 degrees
- Fairway woods: TaylorMade 2016 M2 15 degrees, TaylorMade 2016 M1 19 degrees
- Irons: 4-iron TaylorMade P790, 5-iron through pitching wedge TaylorMade Rose Proto P730
- Wedges: 52, 56 and 60-degree TaylorMade Milled Grind
- Putter: TaylorMade TP Red Collection Ardmore 2
- Ball: TaylorMade TP5
- Bettinardi Golf: The BB8-Wide Raw Release putter will have a limited run of 150 with the BB8 head but a wider profile. The one of a kind appearance comes from a forced patina Amber Oxide finish which can be maintained with an oil and cloth or let go for a true rusty appearance. Completing putter is a Prototype UST carbon fiber shaft, matching leather grip, and a made in USA leather headcover. Price $450.
Honma BERES S-06: Honna Golf continues its efforts to gain traction in the U.S. market with the new BERES S/IS/U-06 family which includes the S-06 driver. Compared with previous models there’s an expanded sweet spot and a reconfigured shallower head shape. There is a choice of two lofts and several shafts with prices starting at $899 for the BERES S-06 2 Star model. Full specifications are on HonmaGolfUSA.com.
XXIO X: XXIO (pronounced ZEK-si-oh) brand clubs are major player in the Asian market and they have brought their latest, the X driver or 10th generation, to this country. A larger area of the face has the high response to preserve ball speed when impact is off center and rear weighting helps to give a higher launch. The XXIO X is priced at $650 and there are four lofts from which to choose. See more at xxiousa.com.
Mizuno’s New Driver: The newest club family is the ST 180 with a driver and fairway woods meant to replace the JPX EZ line from 2015. The ST 180 ($400) retains the golfer-friendly forgiveness of the JPX EZ while adjusting placement of the center of gravity for lower spin and trajectory. It makes use of their ripple configuration on the sole for better energy transfer and what Mizuno calls a “Waffle Crown” design inside the crown allowing discretionary weight to be moved. Information will be found at MizunoUSA.com.