BEING A ROLE MODEL
As a kid, I always looked up to players who spent time with their fans, or were good role models in a general sense. So I feel honored to be in that position now, especially when parents say they're proud their kids look up to me. Seeing the young girls and little boys wearing my hat or being dressed up in Puma gear, it's cool to think that I have the ability to have that kind of positive impact on someone.
ORANGE, NOT RED
I always put one orange dot to the left of the "T" in Titleist on my Pro V1x. It's a mark that's simple but different from that of most other players. Once in a while I'll have a spotter say they've found a red ball, and I'll have to correct them.
STOCKED ON KICKS
I travel with 10 to 15 pairs of shoes. Thankfully, caddie Steve Hulka lets me store them in his trailer. He drives his truck to most tournaments.
A MARK FOR A POKE
I'm not picky about my ball marks. I'll use an Oklahoma State coin like this one, an old-school plastic mark, or even a collector's coin. It's whatever I feel for that day, or week. But you'll find a lot of Cowboy logos -- my tees are usually orange and white, too.
PHIL THE THRILL
Phil Mickelson has been like a big brother to me and a lot of the younger guys out here. I've enjoyed all the time I've spent with him -- in practice rounds and playing with him at the Ryder Cup. He's really a funny guy. At Phoenix this year, I was playing with him and Dustin Johnson, and obviously some of the fans can get rowdy. One took it a little too far, and when Phil called him out, he backed off. That was a lot of fun.
JUST A SPLASH
I love the young image of Red Bull, and I'm a fan of the drink. I carry the bottle in my bag, but you won't always find an energy drink in there.
There's not too much free time for me these days. I spend a lot of time on the course with my buddies. I grew up racing dirt bikes, but I get on a bike only a couple times a year now. My bikes are in California, so living in Florida makes it hard.
I use Cobra's AMP 3-wood (13.5 degrees, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 'ahina 80X shaft).
I'm playing the new Cobra AMP driver (8.3 degrees, open setting, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 73X shaft, tipped 1½ inches, 45½ inches long). I switched to the Iomic Sticky 2.3 round grips before the start of this year.
I play Cobra AMP Pro prototypes (4- through 9-iron, True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts). I don't carry a 3-iron, so I try to close the gap between my hybrid and 4-iron by making the 4-iron stronger by 2 degrees. I used to be all about the 6-iron; now it's the 7.
I've had my Adams Idea Pro Black hybrid (Matrix Ozik XCON HM2 shaft) for more than two years. It's a touch shorter than most, giving it more of an iron feel.
I keep a 4-degree gap between clubs from my 59-degree Titleist Vokey wedge throughout my irons. I used to carry only three wedges, but I love having four now.
I've had some great moments with my putter: The 15-footer I made on 18 to halve my singles match at the 2010 Ryder Cup is one of my favorites. I've been using this 34-inch Titleist by Scotty Cameron Circa 62 No. 3 (Tour Black), but recently went to Scotty's new GoLo mallet, to help me go low!