At those times, Callaway shrugged off those transgressions as Phil being Phil -- the ultimate equipment tinkerer always seeking something new. That same desire and interest in equipment, however, likely led Mickelson to re-up with Callaway as he enjoys a particularly close relationship with the R&D team there led by Dr. Alan Hocknell. In fact, Mickelson's name appears on a couple of patents for Callaway clubs designed specifically for him and he visited the company right after his British Open win (the last of his five majors) in 2013.
That remains to be seen as Mickelson, who has 42 PGA Tour wins to his credit, went winless last year for the first time since 2003. Still, Callaway's brass is happy to have its star player remain in the fold.
"We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Phil," said Callaway president & CEO Chip Brewer. "He has meant so much to Callaway, and he continues to inspire us to develop the most innovative equipment in golf."
When Robert Streb got to the 179-yard, par-3 17th hole he grabbed his 8-iron and staked his tee shot to 4 feet, 3 inches and made the ensuing putt to capture his first PGA Tour win at the McGladrey Classic. The club Streb used was a Titleist CB 714 -- an iron made from 1025 carbon steel.
Streb also had a couple of equipment quirks. Streb was one of the few players to use a conventional 2-iron at Sea Island (many had utility irons, but only three players had a regular 2-iron in play). He also had Titleist's tour rep for Vokey wedges, Aaron Dill, make him a Vokey SM5 wedge with "Do you have any normal size clothes or do you only shop at Baby Gap" stamped on it. The quote is from the 2007 film "Superbad."
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 913D3 (Aldila Tour Blue 65 TX), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist 913Fd, 15 degrees
Irons (2-9): Titleist CB; (PW): Titleist Vokey SM5
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (56 degrees); Titleist Vokey prototype (60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist GoLo Knucklehead
Seeking his first win on the PGA Tour, Ben Martin needed a fast finish at TPC Summerlin as Kevin Streelman had snuck ahead during the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. That's when Martin's Scotty Cameron by Titleist GoLo Tour putter came alive.
After a three-foot tap-in for birdie on the par-4 15th, Martin put his approach from 196 yards on the par-5 16th on the green but 46 feet, 5 inches away and made the bomb for an eagle to take a one-shot lead. Needing just two putts at the last from 19 feet, Martin and his heel-shafted GoLo Tour holed one final putt to secure victory.
Here's the rest of Martin's clubs, which were all Titleist except for a Ping i25 3-wood.
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D3 (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X), 8.5 degrees
3-wood: Ping i25, 14 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist 913H, 17 degrees
Irons (3, 5-PW): Titleist CB 712
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (50, 54 degrees); Titleist Vokey TVD-K Grind (58 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist GoLo Tour
Sang-Moon Bae had a couple of key clubs during his win at the season-opening Frys.com Open -- his driver and his putter.
The driver is Callaway's Big Bertha V Series and Bae's win was the sixth for the club worldwide since it was introduced at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August. The 9-degree club is 45 inches in length with the OptiFit hosel set to minus 1 degree of loft with a neutral directional setting. The shaft is Graphite Design's MJ7 x-flex.
The putter, however, is truly intriguing. Bae put the Odyssey Damascus Grand in play to start the year after picking it up in Japan during his off-season. The 345-gram club is made from Damascus steel, which is the same type of steel used to make samurai swords. The limited edition putter -- only 350 were produced and were available only in Japan -- features a striped pattern head.
BALL: Callaway Speed Regime 3
DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha V Series (Graphite Design MJ7), 9 degrees
3-WOOD: Callaway Diablo Octane Tour, 15 degrees
HYBRID: Callaway X Hot Pro, 18 degrees
IRONS (4-PW): Callaway Razr X MB
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged (52, 56, 60 degrees)
PUTTER: Odyssey Damascus Grand