First year Callaway Staff Pro Gary Woodland shared the 54-hole lead at The Barclays with a spectacular all-around performance and nearly clinched his second PGA Tour win in his last 3 starts.
Woodland went on to finish T2 with Callaway and Odyssey equipment that included a HEX Chrome+ Golf Ball, RAZR Fit Xtreme 4-wood (16.5°), Callaway Driver, RAZR X Muscleback Irons (3-9, Project X 7.0 shafts) and a Versa #1 Wide Black Putter.
So just how good was his all-around performance? Well for starters he was tied for the lead in driving distance for the week (314.9 yards), 2nd in greens in regulation and 2nd in putts per GIR.
His strong performance came at a great time as he moved all the way up to 10th in the FedExCup standings after the first playoff event. Now Woodland is pretty much a lock for the Tour Championship next month. Go ahead and book your ticket to Atlanta, Gary!
Mickelson Goes Driverless Again, Makes Huge Sunday Charge
Woodland wasn’t the only Callaway staffer to join the crowded Sunday leaderboard, as Phil Mickelson posted a final round 65 to make an early run at the win. As he’s done for most of his prolific summer, Lefty played without a driver and primarily used his X Hot 3Deep Fairway Wood (13°, Fubuki K70x shaft).
Going driverless allowed the five-time major winner to carry five wedges, including his 64° Mack Daddy 2 with a KBS Tour V2 shaft. Following his T6 finish at the Barclays, Mickelson is now up to 3rd in the FedExCup standings and still on the short list for Player of the Year contenders. It looks like this no driver thing is working out well for him.
Furyk Contends Again With FT Optiforce
Furyk first switched into the new driver at the Canadian Open and then relied on it during his T2 finish in Rochester for the final major.
His gamer has Fujikura Speeder VC 6.2x shaft tipped 1” with a finished length of 44 ½” and 10.1° of actual loft. Furyk has now posted top-10 finishes in all four of his starts since he moved into FT Optiforce. Boom!
FT Optiforce Is Callaway’s #1 Driver on Tour For 8th Straight Week
The new FT Optiforce Driver was Callaway’s #1 Driver at the Barclays, and it’s been our #1 Driver on the PGA Tour for 8 straight weeks since it was first introduced at The Greenbrier Classic. Its instant popularity has far exceeded our expectations as Tour Pros have taken an immediate liking to the driver’s combination of fast ball speed, forgiveness and tight dispersion.
Patrick Reed played a 440cc FT Optiforce in his playoff win last week at the Wyndham Championship and Furyk used his 440cc gamer the week before that in his runner-up finish in Rochester, among his four recent top-10s.
Patrick Reed: “The new Optiforce Driver gives me the distance I need without compromising accuracy. It’s a perfect combination of speed and control.”
Jim Furyk: “Not only am I picking up ball speed but I am also hitting it a lot straighter.”
We’ve got more on FT Optiforce, including tips, insights from Callaway Tour Reps, and info from Dr. Alan Hocknell, on our new FT Optiforce page.
Office Tip On Getting Out Of Trouble
We’re big fans of Shane Bacon from Yahoo! Sports and he’s a great player in his own right. He visited Callaway HQ last week, and being the gracious hosts that we are, we put him right to work on an Office Tip. In our new video, he and Matt show how to hit punch shots out of trouble to get back into play. Thanks for the tip, Shane!