SCORE ONE FOR AUSTRALIA
This year's Masters was tremendous for golf's growth in Australia. It was a thrill for me to be in contention all four days at Augusta National. And it was especially cool to be paired with Adam Scott in the final group on Sunday. When Scotty holed his putt on 18 to force the playoff, it was the loudest thing I've heard in my life. I couldn't feel my right hand after I gave Scotty a high-five. I'm lucky I just had a three-footer left to finish up. Next time, I hope it's me celebrating my first major victory.
I'm able to take the left side out of play with the D-1 setting on my Titleist 913D2 (Aldila RIP Phenom 70x). I credit a ton of my success over the last two years to hitting this driver well.
JUST KEEP RISING UP
It's funny to look back at my progression in golf. I started on the secondary leg of the Australian Tour, before I made the main tour. Then I played in Korea before here. I still remember flying to San Diego for the Junior World Championship at 17. What a ride it has been.
I use a split set: My Titleist 712U 2-iron went in the bag last October and is great in the wind. I play Titleist AP2s (3-, 4-iron) and MBs (5- through 9-iron). The shafts are Nippon N.S. Pro Modus³ Tour130 steel. .
Because I generally play a fade with the driver, the ease with which I can hit a draw with this Titleist 913F.d (15 degrees, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 'ilima shaft) gives me every shot off the tee.
I've played these models for the last four years: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 200 series (48 degree) and Spin Milled TVDs (54 and 58 degrees).
This is a gamer. I got this Titleist by Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10 putter my first year on tour. The white line on top stands out nicely on the black putterhead to help line it up. I'll change it out if I'm not putting great.
My wife, Audrey, had a professional photograph taken of our boy, Harvey, posing with my Travelers Championship trophy at 5 months old. He's getting so big. He's 1 now!
DON'T SHOW ME A 4
I never use balls with a No. 4. I just hate the look. I always put a small red dot in the center of my Titleist Pro V1x. If I have a string of bogeys, I'll switch balls. If there's a kid, I'll toss him one.
MY STRONG DEBUT
I still use the divot-repair tool they gave us at the Sony Open in 2009, my debut on tour. I finished T-12 and went on to win rookie of the year. It represents my full journey.
Ever since I made it out here on the PGA Tour, I've used the Australian one-dollar coin to mark my ball on the green. I like the kangaroos, and it's just a cool slice of home. You'll see the Australian boxing kangaroo on my bag, too.
I have pencils and scorecard holders in my bag from events that I played well. This nice, leather scorecard holder is from the 2013 Masters. If I miss a cut, I'll probably get rid of that pencil.