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Rory McIlroy's one-shot victory over Adam Scott at the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney GC yesterday put an end to his prolonged winless stretch and denied the popular Australian, the winner of his homeland's Masters and the PGA in recent weeks, the Down Under Triple Crown. Scott, who held a four shot lead over McIlroy after 54 holes, led by one on the final tee. After both found the fairway with iron shots, Scott missed the green long, and McIlroy knocked his approach to 18 feet. After Scott pitched long and two putted for bogey, the Northern Irishman made his birdie to win outright. Here's a look at the clubs Rory McIlroy used to win the Australian Open:
Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour, 8.5 degrees
3-wood: Nike VRS Covert Tour, 15 degrees
5-wood: Nike VR Pro, 19 degrees
Irons (3-9): Nike VR Pro Blade
Wedges: Nike VR Pro (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black
From the Nov. 27 edition of Golf Digest Stix:
They're legit: USGA rules allow metal-core balls.
You've heard of medal play. Are you ready for metal play? A hollow metal-core golf ball was declared conforming as part of the USGA's Rules of Golf update Nov. 6. Though the rules require equipment to have a "traditional and customary form and make," the USGA said the rigid center of the OnCore MA Series 1 ($40 a dozen, available in January) is an exception to Appendix III of the Rules. The metallic core shifts weight to the perimeter, which OnCore says will "reduce slices by 30 percent."
From the Nov. 27 edition of Golf Digest Stix:
No syrup: An illustration of Nike's new core design.
New materials usually bring new ideas about design, but at Nike they also brought about something old. Over the past few years, Nike's golf-ball line has been driven by the use of a lighter-than-rubber, injection-molded polymer resin in the core, what the company calls "RZN." Its new balls for 2014 will feature an RZN core with a waffle shape to better interlock with the ball's mantle layer. (Traditionally, golf-ball cores are smooth spheres.) Nike golf-ball guru Rock Ishii says the pattern grew from thinking about the turn-of-the-century Haskell ball, the first to use tightly wound rubber windings around a core.
"Tightly wrapped material pulls more energy through the layers and converts that energy into additional ball speed," Ishii says. The waffle-core design is part of four new balls: The RZN Platinum and RZN Black (less spin) are multilayer designs with urethane covers that already have been played by Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey ($46 a dozen). The RZN Red and RZN White (softer feel and designed for swing speeds of less than 100 miles per hour) are multilayer designs with Surlyn covers that emphasize distance ($30 a dozen).
Jason Day's 10-under 274 won him the World Cup individual crown and, alongside Adam Scott's seven-under 277, the World Cup team title for Australia. The runner-up United States team of Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman finished 10 back; Denmark and Japan finished T-3. Making the win even more significant is the fact it was Day's first professional tournament since he learned that eight of his relatives, including his grandmother, died in the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. It was also his first professional victory in over three years. Here's a look at the clubs Jason Day used to win the World Cup:
Driver: TaylorMade R1, 10 degrees
4-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz Tour, 17.5 degrees
Irons (2-9): TaylorMade MC Forged
(PW): TaylorMade ATV
Wedges: TaylorMade ATV (52, 58 degrees)
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Tour Monte Carlo
Ball: TaylorMade Lethal
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Ever since Ben Hogan smacked his second shot to the 72nd hole at the 1951 U.S. Open at Merion GC (and Hy Peskin captured it on film), the 1-iron has been perhaps the most romantic club in golf. Now manufacturers are producing the modern-day version of those clubs--the utility iron.
The latest to introduce such an iron is Ping, which is making its Rapture driving iron--a club that made its debut on tour at the British Open at Muirfield--available to consumers. Available in just one loft (18 degrees, one degree higher than the 17-degree prototype), the Rapture driving iron boasts a 17-4 stainless steel body with a springy 455 Carpenter steel face designed to enhance ball speed. Tungsten weights in the heel and toe areas helped lower the center of gravity to help golfers launch the low-lofted, wide-soled iron. The face of the club is flat, allowing golfers to work the ball with greater ease than with a club with bulge and roll on the face.
At 39.75 inches in length, the Rapture (Price: $220) is a half-inch longer than a standard 2-iron and comes stock with Ping's TFC 949 graphite shaft. The iron also features a tungsten-polymer sole plug that can be factory adjusted to achieve a specific swingweight. "It's a versatile design that reflect's Ping's commitment to custom-engineering solutions for golfers," said John A. Solheim, Ping chairman and CEO. "In this case, a club that plays a more specialized role in their shotmaking."