The AT&T Byron Nelson began with a new venue in Trinity Forest Golf Club and ended with an emerging star winning the title in Aaron Wise. In between, there was a battle at the top of the leader board for most of the weekend between Wise and Marc Leishman, and both players had interesting equipment stories that caught our eye. Here are those tidbits, in addition to two others:
Aaron Wise’s tee-to-green game was remarkable at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but you don’t win unless you make putts and Wise made plenty of them. Wise ranked seventh in strokes gained/putting at 1.392, meaning he picked up more than five shots on the field for the week on the greens. He made those putts with an Odyssey O-Works Red V-Line Fang CH putter that he put in play at the Wells Fargo. He first tested the putter at the Valspar Championship, and in testing he liked how he could aim it with the head shape and the red finish, and how it felt during the stroke.
Marc Leishman gave Aaron Wise a good run at the Nelson and did so with a new fairway wood in the bag. Leishman bumped his Callaway Rogue 3-wood in favor of the lower-spinning Rogue Sub Zero model, presumably to take advantage of the firm conditions at the tournament’s new home at Trinity Forest Golf Club. Leishman did just that with a career-best 61 in the opening round and a solo second.
Beau Hossler—who, like another fellow former Texas Longhorns golfer, Jordan Spieth, plays a lot of golf out of Trinity Forest in south Dallas—switched putters at the Nelson, going with TaylorMade’s popular Spider Tour. The move certainly wasn’t prompted out of lack of success as Hossler ranks 24th in strokes gained/putting for the season. Hurley had been using a TaylorMade TP Ardmore 2 with a similar color scheme to the Spider Tour he employed, making the transition somewhat easier.
It has been a year of jumping back and forth between iron sets for Billy Hurley III. Hurly employed a set of Bridgestone irons earlier in the year before changing to Srixon’s Z 765 model. Then at the Wells Fargo Championship, Hurley went back to Bridgestone irons, before returning to the Srixon set this past week at the AT&T Byron Nelson. The constant searching is understandable as Hurley has struggled with his iron game this season, ranking 187th on tour in greens in regulation.