Another playoff victory for Justin Thomas, this one in the Honda Classic over Luke List and it only required one hole. It’s the second win this season for JT, the first being the CJ Cup in October which was also in a playoff.
After 15 tournaments so far in the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season the Honda was the seventh requiring a playoff to decide the winner.
Thomas plays out of an all Titleist bag with his set makeup virtually the same as for his win last fall in South Korea, the minor exception being a switching his 4 iron from the Titleist 716 CB model to a newer 718 AP2 of the same loft.
Thomas’ Winning Gear:
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees) – Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX shaft
Fairway woods: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees) – Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80TX shaft, Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees) – Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X shaft
Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4 iron), Titleist 718 MB (5-9 iron) – True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 Raw (46 degrees F-grind) – True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft; Titleist Vokey Design SM5 Raw (52 & 56 degrees, both F-grind), Titleist Vokey Design SM6 Raw (60 degrees K-grind) – True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Futura X5 prototype
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Honda Counts: The winner of the driver count for the 144 players in the Honda, as happens every week, was TaylorMade Golf with 52 of either their M3 or M4 drivers. Titleist could claim 35, Callaway 29 and Ping 22.
Odyssey won the putter count led by O-Works Red and Black models plus the Toulon microbrand. Odyssey also won the putter count on the LPGA and European Tours this week. They continue to be the most played putter across all the major worldwide Tours and lead in Tour wins worldwide for the year but can claim just one win on the PGA Tour.
Ball count at the Honda went to Pro V1 and Pro V1x from Titleist with 98 players versus 22 for Callaway. According to Global Golf Post Titleist has a dominant 71 percent of players on Tour with second place Callaway being played by 11 percent. Srixon is in third place with nine percent.
Iron and wedge usage also was led by Titleist with 41 sets of irons in play while Vokey wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge category with 184.
Rogue on Champions: Several players on the PGA Tour Champions switching to the Callaway Rogue at the Chubb Classic a week ago gave Callaway their first driver count win in 15 years on that tour. Significantly almost 90 percent of those hitting a Callaway driver were non-Callaway staffers. The Rogue won out as well on the European Tour at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters while on Honda LPGA Thailand event 54 of the 55 Callaway drivers in play were either the Rogue or Epic model and a field with only six Callaway staffers.
Can You Spell Domination?: In the 2017-2018 season players using Titleist Pro V1/Pro V1x have 32 worldwide victories and since introduction in 2000 Pro V1s have racked up more than 2,800 wins. On the PGA Tour Titleist players have been in the winner’s circle for 10 of the 15 events – eight of them with Pro V1x – TaylorMade players have four of the 15 and Srixon one.
King Forged Tec Black: Cobra has a new players distance iron the King Forged Tec Black available in regular variable lengths or a ONE length set. As with all Cobra’s club this season the new irons come equipped with the Cobra Connect data sensors from Arccos. Both the new King Forged TEC Black variable length irons and King Forged TEC Black ONE Length irons ($1,099 steel; $1,199 graphite) are available through stock in a 7-piece (5-GW) set in both right and left-hand versions.
VGG 3 Wood: The Vertical Groove Golf driver now has a line extension the VGG 3 wood with vertical grooves on the face. Available in either 14 or 15-degree lofts with the Aldila NV2KV Blue shaft, either is priced at $260.