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Winner's Bag: What Ben Crane used to win in Memphis

By E. Michael Johnson

loop-ben-crane-putter-518.jpgWith a one-stroke triumph over Troy Merritt at the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday, Ben Crane snared his fifth career PGA Tour win. And he can thank a hot putter.

Although he ranked T-44 in greens in regulation, Crane used his Odyssey White Hot XG 5 to rank first in strokes gained/putting. In all Crane took just 104 putts (making 10 from 10 feet or longer), including two rounds with just 24 putts. 


Here's a look at everything the 38-year-old had in his bag:


Ball:
Titleist Pro V1x

Driver: Titleist 913D2 (Mitsubishi Bassara 50 X), 9.5 degrees

3-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2, 15 degrees

5-wood: Titleist 913Fd, 18 degrees

Hybrid: Titleist 910H, 21 degrees

Irons (4): Titleist 712U; (5-9): Titleist AP2 714; (PW): Titleist Vokey SM4

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4 (56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG 5


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Winner's Bag: What Adam Scott used to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational

By E. Michael Johnson

loop-winners-bag-adam-scott-300.jpgSometimes it's the moves you don't make that make all the difference. Adam Scott might have been thinking that Sunday night winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Earlier in the week, the World No. 1 tested some prototype Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X7 putters but chose to stay with the Futura X Long that he won the 2013 Masters with and has had in the bag since. Given the ultimate result, we'd venture to say he made the right call. 

Here's a look at all the equipment Scott had in play at Colonial C.C.:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Driver: Titleist 913D3, 9.5 degrees

3-wood: Titleist 910Fd, 15 degrees

Irons (2): Titleist 712U; (3-9): Titleist 680; (PW): Titleist Vokey SM5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (54 degrees); Titleist Vokey TVD-K Grind (60 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X Long

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Winner's Bag: What Bubba Watson used to win the Masters

By E. Michael Johnson

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The 14 clubs and ball Bubba Watson used to win the Masters are an interesting mix of standard-issue and highly personalized. Here’s not only what he had in the bag at Augusta National, but how it got in there.

bubba-driver-350.jpgFor starters, Watson hates changing equipment. Being the quintessential “feel player,” the 2012 Masters champ can sense the slightest differences, making adapting to new clubs challenging. In fact, Watson had used Ping’s S59 irons since 2004, getting a new set each November and working into them over the course of a couple months. Yet the irons Watson used to win the Masters was not the S59 but rather the company’s new S55 model Watson changed to at the BMW Championship last September.

Watson originally tested the clubs at his Orlando home but felt he was hooking the ball with them too much. He then had Ping’s tour reps flatten the lie angle on his irons one degree, alleviating the problem and prompting Watson to put the irons in the bag. 

"I trust my feel so when it feels right to me, I trust that we’ve done the right things," Watson told Golf World in 2013. 

As with most of Watson's clubs, the specs are far from standard. His 3-PW set is plus one half inch in length and the 3- through 5-irons have an extreme heel grind. The grips are massively oversized, too, with 10 wraps of tape on the top and 12 wraps on the bottom.

Watson's driver also is unique. In fact, it’s two drivers in one. The pink-headed Ping G25 (8.5 degrees) features the racing stripe found on Ping’s i25 driver, making Watson’s big stick one of a kind. The shaft is a True Temper Grafalloy BiMatrx, a graphite model with steel in the bottom section that he has used since 2004. Oh, and the sole has a rainbow-like finish, too. Watson’s driver had a D4 swingweight and the same number of wraps under the grip as his irons. His 4-wood is a Ping G25 with 16.5 degrees loft that is 42 inches long.

Although his wedges are standard, his putter -- a Ping Anser Milled 1 -- features a rainbow-like finish that Watson originally saw while visiting Ping a few years back. Watson liked the look and immediately wanted it. The putter in 34.5 inches long with 3 degrees loft.

Finally you can’t play without a ball. For Bubba it’s Titleist’s Pro V1x -- a model he has employed since he’s been on tour.

Driver: Ping G25 (True Temper Grafalloy BiMatrx), 8.5 degrees
4-wood: Ping G26, 16.5 degrees
Irons (3-PW): Ping S55
Wedges: Ping Tour Gorge (52, 56 degrees); Ping Tour-S TS (64 degrees)
Putter: Ping Anser Milled 1
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x


[Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images]

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Winner's Bag: What Matt Every used to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational

By E. Michael Johnson

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Just three weeks after putting his Odyssey White Hot Pro #9 putter in play at the Honda Classic, Every was third in strokes gained/putting (1.616) at Bay Hill. Here's a look at the entire set he had in play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational:

Ball: Callaway Speed Regime 3

Driver: Callaway Big Bertha (Fujikura Motore SPD VC 7.0x), 9 degrees

3-wood: Callaway X2 Hot Pro, 15 degrees

5-wood: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast, 18 degrees

Irons (4-PW): Callaway Apex Pro

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (52, 56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #9

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Winner's Bag: What John Senden used to win the Valspar Championship

By E. Michael Johnson

john-senden-golf-clubs.jpgJohn Senden withstood some early back-nine struggles with timely birdies on 16 and 17, shooting one-under 70 in the final round for a one-stroke win over Kevin Na at seven under. It marks the second PGA Tour victory for the 42-year-old Australian, and his first since 2006. Here's a look at the clubs John Senden used to win the Valspar Championship:

Driver: TaylorMade SLDR 430 (Aldila Rogue 70 Tour X), 12 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour, 14.5 degrees
Utility iron: Titleist 712U, 18 degrees
Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade MB Forged
Wedges: Cleveland 588 (54, 58 degrees)
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Monte Carlo
Ball: Titleist Pro V1


[Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images]

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Winner's Bag: What Patrick Reed used to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship

By E. Michael Johnson

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Patrick Reed waits to tee off on the 15th hole during the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Photo: Stan Badz/Getty Images

With a 72-hole score of four-under 284, 23-year-old Patrick Reed replaced Tiger Woods as the youngest winner in World Golf Championship history, defeating Jamie Donaldson and Bubba Watson by one stroke to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral. With the victory, Reed joins Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia as the only players to have won at least three PGA Tour events before turning 25. Here's a look at the clubs Patrick Reed used to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship:

Driver: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha (Fujikura Fuel 75x), 9 degrees
3-wood: Callaway Big Bertha, 16 degrees
Irons (3-4): Callaway X-Forged 13;
Irons (5-PW): Callaway RAZR X MB
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (50, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6
Ball: Callaway Speed Regime 3+

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Honda Classic Champ Russell Henley talks about what equipment he uses, and why

By E. Michael Johnson

Despite being just 24 years old, Russell Henley is a man in tune with his equipment. We caught up with the 2014 Honda Classic champ after his win at PGA National to talk to him about his bats and ball.

Related: Russell Henley Wins Wacky Honda Classic

Ball: I use Nike's new RZN Black. Started using it earlier this year. The biggest difference from the 20XI that I had been using is that it flies a little flatter, not as much a spinny flight. So I'm able to control it in the wind well. But it checks well around the greens, too, and has a softer feel that I like. I used to mark my ball with dots on either side of the number but now I don't mark it like that anymore. I put a line through the RZN Black stamp.

Driver: I'm not in the new Nike Covert VRS 2.0 yet although I'll probably put that in play at some point this year. Right now I have the Nike VR_S STR8Fit [9.5 degrees with Graphite Design HD-7X shaft]. I'm just so confident with this one right now that it makes it tough to switch.

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Fairway woods: Last year I used Nike SQ Sumo but last fall I put the new Covert 2.0 fairway woods in the bag. I used the 5-wood a lot today off the tee. It spins a little more so I'm able to get some air under it and it was a big help on 18 during the playoff.

Related: What's In My Bag: Russell Henley

Irons: I've played played a split set of irons since college. It just makes the long irons [Nike VR Pro Cavity] easier to hit. They're more forgiving and I can get some height with them and flight them the way I want. I also gain some confidence from looking down at the bigger head. When I have a 6-iron in my hand I'm not trying to stick it tight most of the time. I'm just trying to get it on the green. That bigger head gives me the confidence I can do that. 

Wedges: I had a new 59-degree wedge for this week. Same model [Nike VR Forged] but the grooves were getting a little dull so I figured I would need some fresh grooves and extra spin around the greens. I had the leading edge dulled a little bit to help with getting through the grass and it has 10 degrees bounce. I like wedges with a lot of bounce.

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Putter: I'm still using the Nike Method 006 prototype I've had for a bit. It's modeled after a putter I used in college and has a little longer hosel than regular 006.

Final thought: I went to Georgia and it was a Nike school and being able to stay with the same brand of equipment in the pros was huge. Chris Haack [Georgia men's golf coach] gets a lot of credit. I had played Titleist up to then but he convinced me playing Nike was a good move. My first time playing Nike clubs I shot four straight 66s and I was sold.

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Winner's Bag: What Jason Day used to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

By E. Michael Johnson

jason-day-golf-clubs-wgc-accenture-match-play.jpgJason Day outlasted the magical escapes of Victor Dubuisson to capture the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on the 23rd hole of the final match. The win, Day's second on the PGA Tour, catapulted him to No. 4 in the world, but it wasn't without plenty of drama. The 26-year-old Aussie was 2 up with two holes to play and lost them both to the determined 23-year-old Dubuisson, who birdied the 17th then got up and down out of the front bunker on 18 to save par and send the match to extra holes. Then it got good. No, it got unbelievable. Dubuisson flew a 7-iron over the green into a jumping cactus on the first extra hole, stepped in and blasted out to three feet. Picking pieces of cholla out of his socks on the next tee, the ninth, Dubuisson lost his approach into the desert in nearly the identical spot where he conceded earlier in the match. Not this time. With his ball under a slightly less fearsome cactus, he chopped it out again for a save. Day was finally able to claim his first WGC title with a birdie on the 23rd hole, the drivable 15th, when Dubuisson ran out of miracles. Here's a look at the clubs Jason Day used to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play:

Driver: TaylorMade SLDR (Matrix TP7HD), 10.5 degrees
4-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour, 17.5 degrees
Irons (2): TaylorMade MC Forged;
Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC 14
Wedges: TaylorMade ATV (52, 60 degrees)
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Monte Carlo
Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

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Winner's Bag: What Bubba Watson used to win the Northern Trust Open

By E. Michael Johnson

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Bubba Watson discusses a shot with his caddie, Ted Scott. Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Bubba Watson came to the par-4 18th at Riviera needing par for victory, but made a 14-footer for birdie to earn a two-stroke win over Dustin Johnson, his first since the 2012 Masters and fifth on the PGA Tour. Watson trailed by eight strokes entering the weekend, but stormed back with consecutive 64s on Saturday and Sunday, making 14 birdies and no bogeys. Watson was T-6 after three rounds, four strokes behind William McGirt, and birdied five of his first eight holes Sunday to take the lead, highlighted by a hole out from the bunker on the 199-yard, par-3 sixth. Here's a look at the clubs Bubba used to win the Northern Trust Open:

Driver: Ping G25 (True Temper Grafalloy BiMatrix), 8.5 degrees
4-wood: Ping G25, 16.5 degrees
Irons (3-PW): Ping S55
Wedges: Ping Tour SS (52, 56 degrees); Ping Tour S TS (64 degrees)
Putter: Ping Anser 1 Milled
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x+

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Winner's Bag: What Jimmy Walker used to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

By E. Michael Johnson

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Jimmy Walker plays from the fairway on the ninth hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Though he struggled late in the final round, Jimmy Walker was able to hold on for the win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, his third career victory and third since October of last year. After a three-putt bogey at 17, Walker led by only one on the 18th tee. Both his tee shot -- struck with an iron -- and his second shot found the right rough, but his approach landed on the green. Walker's first putt ran five feet by, but he made the par putt for the win. His total of 11-under 276 beat Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner by a shot. Here's a look at the clubs Jimmy Walker used to capture the AT&T:

Driver: Titleist 913D2 (Mitsubishi Diamana+Plus Blue Board 72x shaft), 8.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist 913F.d, 15 degrees
5-wood: Titleist 913F.d, 18 degrees
Irons (4-9): Titleist MB 714
PW: Titleist Vokey SM4
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4 (54, 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Tour Rat 2
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x+

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