SEA ISLAND'S MAFIA
The best decision I've ever made was moving to Sea Island. I grew up in a small town in Georgia three hours away, so it's nice to still be close to the family. I live right on the Plantation course. Having some of the PGA Tour's best pros in the neighborhood is a blessing. I try to grab food or play practice rounds with as many of them as I can. I learned to paddleboard with Davis Love III, and for hunting and fishing, it's tough to beat.
A NONSTOP START
The last two years have been a whirlwind. I won the Southern Amateur, a Nationwide Tour event as an amateur, played on the Walker Cup team (wearing U.S. colors on the 10th anniversary of September 11 was surreal), secured PGA Tour status through Q school and then made 22 of 27 cuts. It's been awesome.
Since high school I've used this Ping G5 3-wood (15 degrees, Aldila RIP Alpha 80-X shaft, D-2 swingweight). If I have an important tee shot down the stretch, this is what I want in my hands. I also rely on my Ping G20 5-wood (UST Mamiya VTS Black shaft).
I've played a Ping G15 (9 degrees, 45¼ inches, Project X Blue 6.5 shaft, 69 grams, D-3 swingweight) for the last three years. I used the same one until it cracked at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The sole designs of these Ping Gorge Tour wedges give me the confidence to play any shot around the green. I carry a 47-degree pitching wedge (Standard Sole) and 54- and 60-degree wedges (Wide Sole).
All of my clubs have red and black Golf Pride grips for my alma mater. That includes my Ping S56s (3-9 irons, True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts, D-3 swingweight).
I think my Ping Scottsdale Hohum mallet putter (35½ inches, 3 degrees of loft) makes heel, toe or center hits roll the same. It's been in my bag since my senior year of college.
The folks at Gorilla Gold developed a clutch product I use all the time. Scott Piercy clued me in to it. I have some sweaty hands, so I apply the product to my grips.
BRED TO BE A DAWG
Playing golf for the University of Georgia was something I'd always wanted to do. We'd go to Athens for a lot of football games when I was a kid, so it was in my blood to be a Bulldog.
MOM KNOWS BEST
At the beginning of the year, my mom gathered together a bunch of quarters with 1960s dates to use as ball markers. With the way 2012 went, there's no chance I'm changing that up.
I consider myself pretty laid-back, and whenever I have the chance I'll listen to music while I practice. This Jambox by Jawbone lets me plug in my iPhone and play my favorites. You can hear the Black Crowes rocking when it's hooked up.
A CIRCLE TO LINE IT
Drawing a black circle around the number on my Titleist Pro V1 ball is by design. If my putter is square behind the center of the ball, the black dot lines up in the middle of the putter's insert.