The clubs Jon Rahm used to win the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
It seemed implausible. Hell, impossible. Jon Rahm trailed Collin Morikawa by nine shots early on Sunday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. But by day's end the 28-year-old Spaniard had rallied to win the PGA Tour's 2023 opener by two shots, thanks to a closing 10-under 63—and some untimely bogeys from Morikawa down the stretch.
Although much of the focus will be on Morikawa’s late-round implosion (three straight bogeys on the back nine after having played the entire week to that point bogey free) that would be unfair to Rahm, who produced a 10-under-par 63 to make up ground in a hurry. Case in point was Rahm's play on the par-5 15th, where he ripped a 355-yard drive and set up a short iron into the green. His second shot finished 12 feet from the hole, and when he made the eagle putt while Morikawa was bogeying the short par-4 14th, Rahm was suddenly tied for the lead. That culminated a four-hole stretch for Rahm in which he played in five under par.
Rahm came to Kapalua with a revamped top end of the bag, swapping out all of his woods for Callaway’s new Paradym Triple Diamond model—a bold move considering Rahm led the tour in strokes gained/off-the-tee last season with his Callaway Rogue ST driver.
The switch, however, appeared seamless. Rahm ranked sixth in strokes gained/off-the-tee while ranking second in driving distance, a stat aided by the fact he had at least one tee shot of more than 400 yards in each round.
The driver uses a fully carbon-composite midsection that comprises much of the entire body of the clubhead and is 44-percent lighter than if it were made of titanium. That weight savings is used to create a more efficient system for transferring energy to the ball at impact.
What Jon Rahm had in the bag at the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (Aldila Tour Green 75 TX), 10.5 degrees
3-wood: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond, 16 degrees
5-wood: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond, 18 degrees
Irons (4-PW): Callaway Apex TCB
Wedges: Callaway Jaws Raw (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG Rossie