THE (BLUE) DEVIL IN ME
I had an awesome four years at Duke. It was challenging in that you had to keep up with some very high academic standards, and missing 25 days of class a semester for golf tournaments didn't make it any easier. I was there for some great basketball years. Duke won the national championship my senior year, in 2001. I went to almost all the home games when I was around, but I never painted my face blue and white.
I really enjoyed doing the commercials for Wilson's "Seriously?" campaign. There's no doubt that had I been with a larger company, I wouldn't have gotten this much exposure. I also have a lot of say about the shape and design of the clubs. It's cool to be a part of that. And being a Chicago kid, it's great to be involved with a Chicago-based company.
PROPERTY OF ...
I might be the only tour pro who uses MyGolfClubLabel.com. I'm not too worried about losing a club -- it just lets me flash the Duke Blue Devil logo on there.
KEEPING THE FAITH
I use the 2013 Titleist Pro V1x marked with a dot and cross. I'll use about six balls a round but won't replace one I just made birdie with, even if it's nicked up. It drives my caddie nuts.
This wheel has more than 25 yards of line, and I put duct tape to mark every three yards, and stretch it out 75 to 100 yards away. I hit balls from each yardage. The goal is to beat the PGA Tour best on proximity to the hole for each distance.
WHISPER TO A ROAR
I always use this ball marker from Whisper Rock, a club in Scottsdale where many tour players are members. I caddied there in 2002 and later won the club championship over Billy Mayfair in 2008.
This Lemonhead headcover represents a candy company from Chicago that was one of my first contracts. It's the leading non-chocolate candy company in the U.S.
This Ping G20 has been in the bag for two years, and it has served me well: I rank seventh in total driving. The loft says 8.5, but it's actually 9 degrees and 1.5 degrees open. The shaft is a 65-gram Oban Kiyoshi X-flex.
These Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 irons (3 through 9, Project X 6.5 shafts) have sole camber and a slightly rounded leading edge to prevent digging.
My Tour Edge Exotics CB4 13-degree 3-wood is a couple years old, but I can't get rid of it. It's just been a great club for me. The shaft is UST Mamiya's Proforce VTS 8X.
My 48- and 54-degree wedges are Wilson Staff's FG Tour TC, and my 60 degree is a Cleveland 588. All three have a True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shaft.
I've used this TaylorMade Rescue TP FCT (17 degrees, Aldila NV shaft) since 2009. It fills the gap between my 3-wood and 3-iron nicely.
I bought a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter on eBay before I got on tour. I didn't pay for this 34-inch Cameron GoLo that I put in play just two weeks before I won in Tampa.