It should have been the top 100 in the FedExCup points list, but Francesco Molinari and Rickie Fowler were on the sidelines so the top 98 met for the final time at TPC Boston for the Dell Technologies Championship with Bryson DeChambeau coming away with the winner’s trophy and $1.6 million. This was DeChambeau’s second playoff win in as many weeks and third win of the season.
The Dell is second of the season ending playoff events and will be dropped from the schedule next year decreasing the number from four to three. The 24-year old DeChambeau plays and wins with the new Bridgestone Tour B X ball which has a gradational core to improve initial ball speed and decrease side spin. The three-piece construction includes a urethane cover that is firmer than the complimentary Tour B XS ball though both a meant for play by low handicappers and professionals. They also use an updated SlipRes coating for more spin control and Bridgestone’s dual dimple to reduce aerodynamic drag. The Tour B X is 85 compression and the Tour B XS is 75 compression and either model carries a retail of $44.99 per dozen.
Not surprisingly there were not changes in DeChambeau’s set makeup from last week’s win at the Northern Trust.
Driver: Cobra KING F8+ Nardo 8° (TPT Model 14 MKP LT)
Fairway woods: Cobra KING LTD 3/4 14.5° and Cobra F8+ Baffler 5-wood 17.5° (both True Temper HZRDUS Black 85x)
Irons: Cobra KING ONE Length Utility 4 & 5 and Forged ONE Length 6 through pitching wedge (True Temper X7 37.5”)
Wedges: Cobra KING V Grind 50° and KING WideLow Grind 55° & 60° (True Temper X7 37.5″)
Putter: SIK Kinematics prototype
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Odyssey 50 Putter Wins
Callaway reports that their Odyssey brand putters are number one in usage across the worldwide professional Tours and have 50 wins around the globe this year. So far in the PGA Tour 2017-2018 season through the Dell Technologies Championship, players using an Odyssey putter have totaled nine wins.
Srixon Q STAR TOUR: Srixon continues the quest to increase its share of the U.S. ball market with an updated entry in the premium category that includes Titleist’s Pro V1, Callaway’s Chrome Soft, TaylorMade’s TP5 and Bridgestone’s Tour B. The new Srixon Q STAR TOUR has a lower-compression Energetic Gradient Growth Core that produces less driver backspin and with a new 338 Speed Dimple pattern more distance while improving dispersion to give better accuracy. The urethane cover has the third generation of Srixon’s Spin Skin for added control greenside. This 3-piece ball in either white or yellow is targeted for use by players with medium swing speeds and sells for $29.99 per dozen
Mizuno JPX919 Irons: The three new JPZ919 models are worthy successors to the JPX900 irons, the Tour version of which being the irons Brooks Koepka used to win three of the last seven majors. The new JPX919 Tour has a more compact grain-flow forged head with a much thinner top line. The Forged version of boron infused steel has a larger milled area behind the face for better ball speed numbers which means more distance. JPX919 Hot Metals provides added distance with a higher trajectory helping both distance control and dispersion. Available now for preorders to be shipped Sept. 10 with steel shafts the JPX919 Tour irons are $150 each, the Forged model are $162 each and the Hot Metal version $125 each. Mizuno says mixed sets of the more forgiving Hot Metal long irons with mid and short irons of the Tour or Forged models are an effective solution for many players.