Victory Roundup: 2 English Wins and Tiger’s Near Miss

by Maura Hutchinson

It was a crazy weekend on the PGA Tour as Tiger Woods proved he’s more than ready to contend on a Sunday.  While the 14-time major winner didn’t secure another title yesterday, his impressive showing at the Valspar Championship gave golf fans everywhere a reason to think Tiger might just have a shot next month at Augusta.  

Check out all the action from the PGA and European Tours over the weekend and see the gear two Englishmen used to win.

The Valspar Championship gave the Tour its second 40-something winner in as many weeks. England’s Paul Casey shot a stellar 65 on Sunday to beat Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed by one as the 40-year-old picked up his second PGA Tour title.

Casey’s last win on Tour was in 2009 and while the Nike player has numerous wins on the European Tour, this one meant quite a lot to him.

“I’ve reached a very good place in my life where I’ve got a wife and kids and life is very, very good,” Casey told reporters after his win. “To get a victory, another victory it is very much icing on the cake and kind of fills that void and makes me even happier.”

Starting the final round 6-strokes behind the lead, Casey got to work on Sunday carding six birdies over the final 15 holes to end at 10-under 274. With the golfer’s short game taking centre stage, Casey’s putter was definitely hot!

Check out the clubs that helped Casey clinch this crucial win:

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M1
Hybrid: TaylorMade M3
Irons: Mizuno MP-25; Mizuno MP-5
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6; Titleist Vokey prototype
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009
Ball: Titleist ProV1

Over on the European Tour two other Englishmen were duking it out for the Hero Indian Open title. Matt Wallace and Andrew “Beef” Johnson both finished the tournament at 11-under but it was Wallace who was able to seal the deal after a birdie on the first playoff hole. Earning the Ping player his second career title after winning last year’s Open de Portugal.

“I’ve played some of the best golf of my life and to do it in that style at the end there capped it off,” the 27-year-old told reporters on Sunday.

Adding, “Beef’s putt on the last should have gone in and it’s just my day today.”

Here’s a look at the clubs that helped him win:

Driver: Ping G400 LST
Fairway Wood: Ping G400
Hybrid: Ping G400
Irons: Ping i200; Ping iBlade
Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth; Ping Glide 2.0
Putter: Ping Sigma G Darby
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Shoes: FootJoy Pro SL
Glove: FootJoy ProFLX