Victory Roundup – Big wins for deserving players on Tour

by Maura Hutchinson

The professional golf season is back in full-swing. Impressive weekends on both the PGA and European Tours, produced worthy winners in California and Abu Dhabi. Check out all the action below and see the gear the pros are winning with, available now at GolfOnline.

Victory is sweet, especially when it’s your first taste…

American Adam Long is definitely not suffering from a case of #BlueMonday this morning after winning the Desert Classic on Sunday. The 31-year-old secured his first PGA Tour win in style, beating Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin by one-stroke at the Stadium Course at PGA West.

In just his sixth PGA Tour start, Long carded an impressive 7-under 65 on Sunday to surprise everyone, including his playing partners (Mickelson and Hadwin), with a birdie putt on the 18th to lock in his first-ever career win.

“I got a pretty good read off Phil’s putt,” said Long afterward. “It was one of those putts you stand over and you just know you’re going to make. You can’t control that, but when you have that feeling it’s a good one. I’m in disbelief right now. I don’t really know what just happened, but I’m thrilled.”

The former Duke golfer has played on numerous Tours including the Mackenzie Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamerica and the Tour, before earning his PGA Tour card at the end of last season. To put his win yesterday into perspective, Long has made less than $600,000 in the last seven years on Tour, his victory in California earned him a cool $1.1 million yesterday.

Here’s a look at the gear Long used to snatch up his first career win:

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M4
Hybrid: TaylorMade M3
Irons: TaylorMade P-760
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind; TaylorMade Hi-Toe
Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5R
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Strong Start = Strong Finish

Over on the European Tour, Irishman Shane Lowry proved he has got what it takes to close the deal after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, his first title since 2015.

Lowry started the tournament off hot last week, carding a course recording-matching 10-under 62 during the first round. The 31-year-old continued strong throughout the weekend, beginning the final day with a three-stroke lead. A birdie on the final hole secured his victory with an impressive 18-under 270 total.

“I knew I had been playing all right in the last couple of weeks in my preseason, but I didn’t really envision this to be honest,” Lowry told reporters on Sunday. Adding, “You don’t know when you’re going to win again. It’s so hard to win out here.”

With victory in Abu Dhabi, Lowry is now leading the Race to Dubai standings and today re-entered the World Top 50. All steps in the right direction towards his goal of playing on the 2020 European Ryder Cup Team.

“I still have a goal in my head I’m working towards every day. Just because I won this doesn’t mean I can take my foot off the gas,” said Lowry.

Take a peek at Lowry’s winning bag, including the brand new #Epic Driver:

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M4
Irons: Srixon Z585; Srixon Z785
Wedges: Cleveland RTX-4
Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red 2Ball
Ball: Srixon 2019 Z-Star XV
Shoes: FootJoy Icon