In 1969 the first one was called the Heritage Golf Classic and it was won by Arnold Palmer earning the princely sum of $20,000–roughly $135,000 today. Last Sunday Satoshi Kodaira using primarily PRGR clubs took the fiftieth playing of what is now the RBC Heritage but still contested over the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The six-time winner on the Japanese PGA Tour beat Si-Woo Kim, the 2017 Players Championship champion, after a three-hole sudden death playoff. Kodaira received the trophy, the traditional plaid jacket and $1.2 million.
Kodaira plays the PRGR RS model driver designed with a “W” configuration thin-walled crown to improve ball speed and the 460cc clubhead has two interchangeable weights (3 and 8 grams) with an adjustable hosel. There’s a choice of three basic lofts and with the stock shaft the price is $720
Kodaira’s Winning Gear:
- Driver: PRGR RS prototype 10.5 degrees – Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech 65 TX shaft
- Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 15 degrees – Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech 75 TX shaft; PRGR iD Nabla Black 18 degrees – Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech 65 TX shaft
- Irons: PRGR iD Nabla RS Tour 3 iron – Graphite Design Tour AD Hybrid 105 TX shaft; PRGR Tune Forged 4 iron through pitching wedge – True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
- Wedges: PRGR id Nabla Tour 52 degrees & Fourteen Golf RM-22 60 degrees – True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
- Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport prototype
- Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
The playoff loser Si-Woo Kim is a Callaway staffer having joined in January. His all Callaway bag:
- Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver 9 degrees – MRC Tensei 70 TX Shaft 44 ¾”
- Fairway Woods: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 13.5 degrees & Rogue Sub Zero 18 degrees – Kuro Kage 80 TX Shafts
- Irons: Callaway X-Forged 18 3 iron through 5 iron & Callaway Apex Muscleback 18 6 iron through 9 iron – KBS Tour V Shafts
- Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 48, 54 & 60 degrees – True Temper DG Tour Issue Shafts
- Putter: Odyssey Milled Collection RSX #1 Putter
- Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Equipment Counts: 96 of the 132-man field at Harbour Town including the winner played the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x versus 15 for Callaway’s Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X which was played by the runner-up. Titleist is also the top choice in the hybrids (23) and irons (20) categories. Vokey Design Wedges were the popular approach, sand and lob wedges with 176 and 49 Scotty Cameron putters were in play, more than any other brand.
TaylorMade reports their Spider Tour putter has been the most played single putter model in 12 events so far this season. And it must work since not only is it popular week to week on Tour but it’s the choice of Jason Day (Spider Tour Red) who is the leader on Tour in Strokes Gained Putting. Plus world number one ranked player Dustin Johnson uses one, recently switching from a Black model to the new Platinum then this week back to the Black. World number four Jon Rahm also has been having great success with Spider Tour Red, winning his native country’s Spanish Open last weekend.
Grandpa Jamie: Jamie Sadlowski is a two-time world long drive champion and on the staff of Cleveland Golf. They have produced a short video of Sadlowski made up as an 80-year old golfer who wows members of a country club with his driving prowess recorded by hidden cameras. It’s humorous to say the least.