Bellerive proved to be an exacting and exciting venue for the 100th PGA Championship and Brooks Koepka won his second major of the year with the same clubs he used for the first. Holding off a charge by Tiger Woods for two stroke victory gave Koepka possession of the Wanamaker Trophy to join the U.S. Open trophy he had hoisted for his second consecutive national championship win in June.
Koepka is on the same list as the other two major champions this season, Patrick Reed (Masters) and Francesco Molinari (British Open), those not having a full bag equipment contract. Koepka as did Woods had a contract with Nike Golf but when Nike left the club and ball business two years ago but unlike Woods who hooked up with Bridgestone and TaylorMade did not sign a new agreement with any company.
Though he has great success with TaylorMade woods and Mizuno irons Koepka has retained one Nike club, a Nike Vapor Fly 3-iron which he used at Bellerive as a driving iron. Here are the clubs used by the 2018 PGA Champion:
Driver: TaylorMade M4 9.5°, Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX shaft
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL 16.5°, Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro 3-iron, Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec shaft & Mizuno JPX-900 Tour 4-PW, True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Raw 52° & 56° and SM7 Raw TVD 60°, True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 2
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
In Case Anyone Should Ask:
Club and Ball Counts: The 156 contestants at Bellerive again overwhelming played Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x with 101 contestants versus 18 teeing up Callaway Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X. Titleist also had the most hybrids (21) and irons sets (39). Vokey was the most frequent wedge brand with 180 in the approach, sand and lob wedge category and Scotty Cameron was top choice in putters with 54. TaylorMade Golf’s M3 and M4 drivers were used by more players than any other brand.
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Driver: Callaway Rogue Driver 9°
Fairway wood: Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic 13.5°
Irons: Callaway X-Forged UT 3 & 4-iron, Callaway X-Forged 18 5-PW
Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled 50°, 54° & 60°
Putter: Scotty Cameron
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
Curry missed the cut by 13 strokes after rounds of the 71-86.
Cleveland RT-X 4: The ad line is “Our Most Tour Authentic Wedge. Ever.” Cleveland says it’s because now they have succeeded with the cavity back CBX model they now could make a true Tour wedge without the “slight compromises” in previous Tour models to accommodate the needs of recreational players. The RT-X 4 comes in a choice of three finishes and four grinds all with the fourth generation Rotex face milling and Tour Zip Grooves.