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March 05, 2016

The PGA Tour's leaders on par 3s this season are using these clubs

If you're going to be in contention early in the season, your par-3 scoring stats must be decent. That's particularly true at last week's Honda Classic, where PGA National's Championship Course has four good ones, including two (Nos. 15 and 17) in the three-hole “Bear Trap” stretch.

These six players on the PGA Tour have had the most success on par 3s so far in the 2015-’16 season. Here's a look at their stats and a breakdown of which irons they play.

1. Jerry Kelly, 2.88 stroke average. Irons: Srixon Z Forged

Kelly (below) goes for a throwback look in his irons as Srixon’s Z Forged are a muscleback blade designed for maximum workability instead of having a high forgiveness factor.

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HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 16: Jerry Kelly plays his shot from the fourth tee during the third round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 16, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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2. Phil Mickelson, 2.89 stroke average. Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16

The Callaway Apex irons in Mickelson’s bag first went in play at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January. Mickelson made the switch based on a better look along with a more rounded leading edge that he felt enhanced turf interaction. Lefty uses KBS Tour V 125 shafts in his irons.

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PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Phil Mickelson plays his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Spyglass Hill Golf Course on February 11, 2016 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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3. Ryan Moore, 2.90 stroke average. Irons: PXG 0311T

Moore has been using PXG’s irons since last year’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The irons, which feature movable weights in the rear, suit Moore just fine. “They go the distances I want them to go and the flight I want them to go and the curvature. Everything about them just works for me,” Moore said.

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 04: Ryan Moore tees off on the fourth hole during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on February 4, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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T-4. Chad Campbell, 2.91 stroke average. Irons: Adams Idea Black CC1

Campbell had a lot of input into these Adams Idea Black CC1 prototype irons that he started using as far back as the 2010 season.

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Chad Campbell hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the first round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champions Course on February 25, 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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T-4. Freddie Jacobson, 2.91 stroke average. Irons: Callaway Apex

Never the best ball-striker on tour, Jacobson has not been bashful about seeking a little help in his irons, having used at various times Callaway’s Diablo Forged and XR models. Now Jacobson is in the company’s Apex model, another iron that produces a decent result on mis-hits.

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PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Freddie Jacobson of Sweden plays his tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Spyglass Hill Golf Course on February 12, 2016 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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T-4. K.J. Choi, 2.91 stroke average. Irons: Miura CB 1007

If you’re going to offer input into the design of an iron, you might as well play it. That’s exactly what Choi is doing with his Miura CB 1007 irons. The irons are a compact cavity-back design with varying thicknesses in the cavity to assist feel as well as forgiveness. There also is no mistaking these are Choi’s irons as “KJ Choi” is stamped in the cavity in rather large letters.

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 30: K.J. Choi of South Korea tees off on the 3rd hole during Round 3 of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 30, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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